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Holiday shopping this weekend? Here’s your guide to 9 Eastside area holiday markets

By LUCY GUANUNA 

‘Tis the season of long checkout lines and chaotic mall parking lots. So we’ve compiled a list of holiday markets in and around the Eastside to help you avoid the holiday shopping mayhem while offering unique alternatives to run-of-the-mill gifts for your loved ones. This season, some of Los Angeles’ largest craft fairs will transform into full-blown holiday markets with wreath making workshops and festive libations while tattoo booths and a Black Metal Santa Claus satisfy the needs of the pierced and tattooed crowd.

Courtesy Silverlake Flea

Silverlake Flea Holiday Edition

  • Saturday, December 9
  • Silverlake Flea’s monthly gathering at Micheltorena Street Elementary School is the perfect place to find gifts for the nostalgia-loving folks on your gift list. Vintage turntables and used vinyl can be found along with other vintage and handmade home furnishings, art and jewelry.

Holiday Market at Smorgasburg LA

  • Sunday, December 10 & 17
  • Smorgasburg LA’s 2nd annual Holiday Market will take place every Sunday through December 17. The number of shopping vendors at the weekly food market will double during the holidays and will include pop-ups from Los Angeles-based brands. If you get tired from all the shopping – or eating – you can sit in on a wreath making workshop or snap a photo with Santa in Smorgasburg’s Holiday Photo Booth.

Bitchcraft Winter Faire

  • Saturday, December 9
  • Bitchcraft’s 9th annual Winter Faire is the place to find gifts for those witchy friends of yours who prefer leather and hemp over Christmas sweaters and chocolate bark. This year’s Winter Faire will be held at Kinship Yoga in Highland Park and will feature jewelry, apparel, art and household goods by more than 40 vendors. Drinks will be crafted by Brujas Borrachas and there will be photo ops with the Black Metal Santa Claus.

Self Help Graphics & Art’s Holiday Marketplace

  • Saturday, December 9
  • Shop for crafts and art from local vendors and artists, including Lalo Alcaraz and Alvaro D. Marquez. Serigraphs from Self Help Graphics’ print collection will also be available and a series of workshops and printmaking demos will be held throughout the day.

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Echo Park Craft Fair – The Holiday Fair

  • Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10
  • Echo Park Craft Fair’s Holiday Fair will be held at the 5,000-square-foot Mack Sennett Studio in Los Feliz and will feature work by over 120 artists from around the world. You can peruse the market’s ceramics, woodworking and fabric art amongst celebrities and tastemakers at this internationally-renowned craft fair.

Renegade Craft Fair Saturday

  • Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10
  • This year’s Renegade Craft Fair will be held at Los Angeles State Historic Park and will feature independently crafted and designed wares created by more than 250 artisans. The fair is kid and pet friendly and will offer DIY workshops and seasonal libations while DJ’s spin vibes throughout the day.

Holiday Mercadito 

  • Saturday, Dec. 9
  • The Union Swapmeet in East Hollywood presents the  Holiday Mercadito.  In addition to Latino artisans,  food, and desserts, there will be  free face painting for the first 2 hours.

Holiday Kind Market

  • Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 9 & 10
  • PETA’s 2nd Annual Holiday Kind Market on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake will feature cruelty-free and vegan merchandise and foods. Shop for home goods, beauty products,  food,  clothing and accessories, jewelry, and more. There will also be a  raffle and gift bags for the first fifty shoppers each day.

Holiday Bazaar – Presented by The Rental Girl (Sponsored)

  • Saturday, Dec. 9
  • Held in Highland Park during the NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night, the Holiday Bazaar will feature artwork and holiday gifts from the Beesoup artist collective; music from The Old Fashioned Carolers, wine, spiked cider, hot chocolate, holiday goodies, a bonfire and S’mores.

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2 comments

  1. Wow! i can’t believe the Echo Park Shop Hop was left out of this list! It should have been mentioned first, especially since it follows our community parade!

    • Hi. Holiday marketplaces are held at one locations. The shop shop is scattered across individual stores and other sites.

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