It’s the middle of December and, despite last year’s promises, you still have a whole lot of gifts left to buy. In your defense, 2020 resolutions were all non-binding due to force majeure. But there’s no need to clog up the postal service (and the atmosphere) with overnight shipping. Here are some local holiday markets to check out in the coming weeks.
Saturdays Thru Christmas
The City of Edmonds may just throw the closest thing this year has to a "normal" holiday event: Yes, there are still capacity limits; yes, you'll be asked to sanitize your hands as you stroll through tables of jewelers, cideries, and wreath-makers. But the festive drinks and the big red mailbox where kids can stop to send letters to Santa feel blessedly unchanged. 10am–3pm
If supporting local without actually shelling out yourself is among your secret dreams, you're in luck: the Downtown Seattle Association will bequeath local gifts, like a Nuflours gingerbread house kit, upon the first 100 visitors to this market each Saturday until Christmas. But it's worth a visit even if you don't make the cut. Vendors include Salt Blade (whose salami is prominently featured on our gift guide this year), Beneficial Brewing Company (think kombucha, not beer), and The Works, which offers DIY kits while its classes are closed. 11am–2:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays Thru Christmas
It’s a shame to totally close up indoor shop at Fremont’s trippy brunch bar, Dreamland, which is already known for doing it up during the holidays (thanks in part to October's giant inflatable Oogie Boogie). It’s also a shame that so many restaurant industry workers are out of a job right now. Santa’s Disco Village addresses both issues: Each Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, Dreamland will host a market full of gifts made by out-of-work locals—jewelry, planters shaped like baby doll heads. Plus, you can head out with a bottle of rum and a fried chicken sandwich to-go. Noon–5pm
Sundays Thru Christmas
The Ballard venue that donates all its profits to charity (make note for post-pandemic gatherings) has found another way to support the community in a time without capital-E events. Drop by after your trip to the Ballard Farmers Market for Cathedral candles, hot toddy kits from event partner Social Creative Workshops, and clothing from Black-owned thrift boutique New Wave Clothing Co.
Winter Solstice departs from its Magnuson Park hangar location and usual nighttime hours this year, but it’s managed to maintain a real-life element by popping up at the next two Fremont Sunday Markets, which will feature 50 vendors and loads of holiday cheer. And while a 25 percent capacity limit means it probably won’t turn into the cold-weather version of the neighborhood’s famously unclothed summer solstice, we are intrigued by the concept of nude bicyclists wearing festive masks. 11am–4pm
Plus, these virtual markets:
Full Moon Market, boho-leaning local makers market, now online.
Full Moon Flea Market, for the witchy, goth, and otherwise occult.
Native Arts Market, a marketplace for locally made indigenous crafts.
Punk Rock Flea Market, home to studded vests, band posters, and soap (also punk).
Tractor Tavern Makers Market, for gift boxes full of art, chocolate, and the heartwarming feeling of supporting local.