Holiday Indie Craft Fairs

If you’re on the hunt for some special holiday gifts, hit up an indie craft fair this weekend or next weekend. At these markets you can find all kinds of goodies from jewelry to stationery to ceramics—all handmade and many times local. By shopping at one of these fairs, not only will you be able to find truly unique Christmas presents for your loved ones, you will also be supporting local small businesses, so it’s a win-win. Always fun, indie craft fairs are basically Etsy in event form, complete with DJs and food trucks.

Below I’ve highlighted a few of these merry markets, but if you have a favourite local indie craft fair in your area, let me know in the comments!

Holiday Strawberry Swing – Kansas City, MO

A two-day event, the 4th annual Holiday Strawberry Swing is going on this weekend over First Friday. Held at the historic West Bottoms at The Foundation, the Holiday Swing will be a fun time, as you can find local, handmade Christmas gifts there while listening to live music and sipping a festive drink. This event’s 30+ vendors sell a myriad of products, such as jewelry, quilts, wood work, mobiles, photography, painting, zines, and much more.

Holiday Strawberry Swing
The Foundation
1221 Union Avenue

Friday, 5 December: 10am–8pm
Saturday, 6 December: 10am–6pm
Admission: Free!

Renegade Craft Fair December Market – Los Angeles

The Renegade Craft Fair December Market sounds like quite the festive fête! At this market in Grand Park there will be more than 250 independent makers, as well as workshops, food trucks, music, and a photo booth. The vendors will be selling handmade holiday gift wrap, health & beauty products, jewelry, toys, apparel, stationery, housewares, and more. If all that isn’t enticing enough, well behaved pets are welcome to attend, and there’s an official afterparty called Meet the Makers [RSVP here].

Renegade Craft Fair December Market
200 N. Grand Avenue
[between Broadway and Spring Street]

Saturday, 13 December: 10am–5pm
Sunday, 14 December: 10am–5pm
Admission: Free!

Picnic Holiday Sale – Portland, ME

Tap into the Maine DIY scene at the Picnic Holiday Sale. At this juried craft fair’s sixth year, not only can you find handmade accessories, housewares, stationery, and the like—you can also shop for vintage goods. While perusing the items, you can nibble on tasty treats from a local bakery, cafe, or coffee shop. For an awesome bonus, kiddos and adults can have their photo taken with the Yeti!

Picnic Holiday Sale
Portland Company Complex
58 Fore Street

Sunday, 14 December
11am–6pm
Admission: Free!

BUST Christmas Craftacular – London

The BUST Christmas Craftacular has everything you could want in a craft fair: handmade wares, DIY workshops, goodie bags for the first 100 shoppers, a raffle, tasty treats, and a DJ! Seventy stalls contain clothing, artwork, soap, accessories, textiles, stationery, ceramics, and much more. After shopping, try your hand at one of the workshops where you can make items like a perspex necklace [all day; £10], linoprint Christmas cards [3.30–5pm; free], or felt slippers [12.30–2pm; free].

BUST Christmas Craftacular
The Islington Metal Works
7 Torrens Street
[directly behind Angel tube station]

Sunday, 14 December
12–7pm
Admission: £3

Indie Craft Experience Pop-Up Shop – Atlanta, GA

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The 5th annual ICE Holiday Pop-Up Shop features hand-crafted goodies from more than 70 artists, crafters, and makers from all over the USA. Located in Candler Park and open through Christmas Eve, you could easily finish up your Christmas shopping by stopping in this shop.

ICE Holiday Pop-Up Shop
1390 McLendon Avenue NE

Now through 24 December
Tuesday–Thursday: 11am–7pm
Friday–Saturday: 11am–8pm
Sunday: 12–6pm
Monday: Closed

Additional Craft Fairs This Weekend

While I would love to feature all of the indie Christmas craft markets, but that would make for a rather massive blog post. But, since I like y’all, here are a few more craft fairs going on this weekend around the United States.

Handmade Arcade – Pittsburgh, PA

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd

Saturday, 6 December
11am–7pm
Admission: Free!

Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair – Greenville, SC

Greenville County Museum of Art
420 College Street

Saturday, 6 December
10am–6pm
Admission: $2

Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Detroit, MI

Masonic Temple
500 Temple Street

Saturday, 6 December: 10am–7pm
Sunday, 7 December: 11am–6pm
Admission: $1

Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show – Seattle, WA

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
305 Harrison Street

Saturday, 6 December: 10am–6pm
Sunday, 7 December: 10am–5pm
Admission: Free!

BUST Christmas Craftacular – Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin Street

Saturday, 6 December: 11am–7pm
Sunday, 7 December: 11am–7pm
Admission: $3

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market – Chicago, IL

Bridgeport Art Center
1200 W. 35th Street

Saturday, 6 December: 11am–6.30pm
Sunday, 7 December: 11am–6.30pm
Admission: Free!

Becky

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