Make Holiday Shopping an Event at These Local Markets

Romanticize your holiday shopping with Seattle's most festive fêtes.

By Zoe Sayler

Lotte Hotel's holiday market looks straight out of a Christmas movie.

The holiday season is a time for nostalgia: watching classic festive films (Die Hard), singing Yuletide carols from days of yore (Mariah Carey's 1994 Christmas album), adding items to a literal shopping bag rather than a virtual one. These merry markets help you romanticize your life and support local makers in one fell swoop—idyllic flurries not included.

We'll keep adding to this list throughout the holiday season, please email Zoe Sayler at zsayler@seattlemet.com if you've got another market for us to consider!

Lotte Hotel Holiday Market at the Sanctuary 


Downtown Seattle has long been the hub of holiday festivities (it's where the Santa photo was invented!). The second-ever Lotte Hotel Holiday Market carries the torch with a beautifully decorated and fancier-than-average market—think sparkling wines, art, and spa goodies—at the beautiful, dome-ceilinged Sanctuary.

Chophouse Row Guilty Holiday Pleasures

DECEMBER 8, 5–9PM | capitol hill

With drag queen carolers, a "Bad Santa photo shoot," and refreshments from Chophouse Row's chic wine shop tenants, we feel no guilt putting this cosmopolitan Capitol Hill market at the top of our nice list.

Renegade Craft


This is our surefire bet for finding a gift for everyone—especially if everyone on your list is a 20-something with a very cool Instagram. Look out for Anna Learns Things, Cancelled Plans candles, and Studiyo Jewelry while you're there.

Cathedral Holiday Market

december 11, 10am-3pm | ballard

Cathedral offers a two-for-one deal: Come to the Ballard Farmer's Market, get a sweet gift shopping experience free. Expect pottery, candles, and coziness.

Winter Solstice Holiday Night Market

December 16, 5–11pm, and December 17, 4–10pm | SAND POINT, $15–$35

This is no low-key shopping excursion: Magnuson Park Hangar 30's annual Winter Solstice Holiday Night Market is an event unto itself (and well worth the price of admission), with 100 shops, a cocktail bar (the whole shebang is 21+), and live music packed into 30,000 square feet.

Nordstrom Make It Pop Holiday Pop-In

through january 1 | DOWNTOWN, BELLEVUE SQUARE

Nordstrom's rotating pop-in has made way for a festive collection of more than 500 curated gifts—available online and in-person at the downtown Seattle and Bellevue Square locations—ranging from fetching canine fashion to caffeine contraptions. Here are a few of our favorites

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