Tired of Christkindlmarket? Here are some alternatives.
1/3Courtesy of Ekos DesignsHoliday Shop & SipThis fest certainly delivers on the two central promises in its title. Buy purses from Annie Handbags, Greek mythology-inspired jewelry from Ekos Designs, and snack on baklava from Pan-Hellenic Pastry Shop, while sipping on the preferred beverage of the gods�wine. National Hellenic Museum, 333 S Halsted St (312-655-1234). Thu 29, 5-9pm; $10, museum members free.
2/3Courtesy of the Andersonville Chamber of CommerceJulmarknadPronounced �Yul-mark-nard,� this Swedish market is just as festive as its larger German counterpart but without the crowds and gawking tourists. Stock up on handmade Christmas ornaments, eat Swedish nosh like hard tack and potato sausage, and watch the Lucia procession. Swedish American Museum, 5211 N Clark St (773-728-8111). Sat 2, 10am-5pm; Sun 3, 10am-4pm; $2.
3/3Courtesy of Kurman CommunicationsMarch� de No�lThis French market is a 445-year-old tradition (the Chicago iteration is slightly younger). Purchase children�s clothes, jewelry and artisanal cheeses, while enjoying live musical performances from musicians such as Analee Hooson (Dec 6, 20) and Steve Justman (Dec 12). Chicago French Market, 131 N Clinton St (312-575-0306). Through Dec 31, 8am-6:30pm; free.