While occasionally efficient, too much on-line holiday shopping can zap the holiday spirit right out of you. So once you realize you have been staring at your laptop for hours, (yes, I mean you!) just turn it off. Then, grab a friend, pretty up – whether that be by brushing your teeth or a putting on real outfit – and hit some of Brooklyn’s many holiday markets. You can eat and drink, mingle, see Santa, browse and buy locally, and in many cases, you will find deals on some great gifts. What more could you want? But where, you ask? Read on for some of our picks, and let us know if there are more we should include!
Shop and Play at Everyday Athlete (December 18, 2010)
The last weekend before Christmas shop locally in the Columbia Street Waterfront District. Check out Children’s books and games, tote bags, aprons, yoga bags, whimsical hats, cosmetics and free facial demos, jewelry, and even granola at Everyday Athlete’s Holiday Market. While parents shop, children can sing and dance with Karen and the Jitterbugs, featuring her new CD, Pancakes for Dinner. Performances at 2, 4:30 and 5 pm. Parents can get a free facial demo too. Lovely! Also enjoy cupcake decorating at the studio by Yum Cupz all afternoon. Yum Cupz is on Union at the corner of Hicks Street.
Details: 2-6 pm at Everyday Athlete. Everyday Athlete Studio at 136 Union Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 Phone: 718 852 6300 firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga and Lifestyle Wear at Brooklyn Boulders (December 18, 2010)
Creem Collection will be showing their sustainability produced yoga clothing. Treehugger.com reviewed them, “The garments are made with a bamboo/organic cotton jersey blend and are designed for yoga, gym, and biking–and flattering enough for around town afterward.”
Details: from 12-8 pm at Brooklyn Boulders, 575 DeGraw St.
Artscetera Pop-Up Shop (December 18 and 19, 2010)
You will find local artisans from Etsy and beyond offering gifts, for men, women and children. Saturdays from 1-8 pm and Sundays from 11 am- 6 pm.
Details: http://www.artscetera.com/ 718 643-6817 212 Smith Street between Baltic & Butler; Cobble Hill
Artists & Fleas Holiday Bazaar (December 18th and 19th)
Artists and Fleas celebrate the holidays this year in fine festive fashion with the opening of an additional holiday market in Williamsburg. A selection of some participating vendors can be found on their site with new ones added daily. Some are in alphabetical order. Some require your patience and appetite for discover. http://artistsandfleas.com/brooklyn-holiday-bazaar
Details: North 7th Street & Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg
Gifted: A Holiday Market Presented by Brooklyn Flea + Design*Sponge (December 15th- 23rd)
Our favorite flea market becomes a holiday gift market for the next weekend and then a 9 day run! There will be 100 plus vendors on 3 floors.
Details: Skylight One Hanson 1 Hanson Place (at Ashland Pl.) in Fort Greene 11am-7pm
Brooklyn Craft Central (December 18 & 19, 2010)
This year, this holiday market has two locations, both five minutes apart. Visitors will find lots of shopping, discounts, artisanal food, drink specials, bargain massages and music. Need a shopping break? There will also be workshops and demos by Textile Arts Center.
Details: December 18 and 19; 11a – 7pm at the Littlefield Art & Performance Center at 622 Degraw AND the Textile Arts Center at 505 Carroll Street.
Visit http://www.bkcraftcentral.com/events.html for vendors and more info.
Lyceum Holiday Craft Marketplace (December 18 & 19 , 2010)
Located where “the Slope meets the Swamp,” this market’s has more than 60 vendors scheduled. You can expect lots of food, Santa and a chance to expend some shopper’s rage in the batting cage. Then you can cool off with a lime rickey or an egg cream!
Details: December 18 and 19; 11a – 7pm at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue. Visit www.lyceummarkets.com for list of vendors.