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Holiday markets in Los Angeles

LA has a seasonal holiday market or craft fair for everyone on your list this Christmas, check them out

Photograph: Courtesy Echo Park Craft Fair

Fed up with mass-produced merchandise and stuffy, crowded stores? Try a holiday market instead: Fortunately, LA has a wealth of seasonal craft fairs you can browse if the big department stores just aren't your bag (or don't carry the stylish bags you want to gift this year). These seasonal marts are great for filling gaps left after perusing LA's gift shops, and for finding unique gifts handmade by local artisans. As a bonus, showing up at one of these markets is an easy way to get into the Christmas spirit. Just add hot chocolate and you'll be on your way.

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Find the best holiday market for you

Eastside Handmade

Stock up on must-haves and support local artisans at this indie pop-up market. Hosted by Shopclass (5215 York Blvd) in Highland Park, the annual outdoor mart features a number of local artists and designers, spotlighting unique home accessories, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, paper goods and more.

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Until Sat Apr 9

California Made: A Holiday Market

After debuting its crafty atelier this spring, DTLA’s Paper Pastries hosts their first-ever holiday market, curated by California Made. Expect festive stationary kits, calligraphy items, stamps, crafts and more from Le Petit Elefant, Paper & Type and Paper Pastries, as well as handmade fabrics and felt jewelry from Homako. Located within the Spring Arts Tower, the holiday bash will also include DIY gift-wrapping, free giveaways, discounted pricing, champagne, coffee and seasonal bites.

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14 Nov 2015

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market

Gear up for the holiday season in Old Town Pasadena at this annual holiday market, boasting over 100 artisanal vendors. During the first week of December, local makers and crafters will display one-of-a-kind, festive goods to toast the season of oversized sweaters and hot chocolate (if LA weather permits).

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Until Sat Dec 5

Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace

If you're making a list and checking it twice, consider this shopping event for unique kitchen, pantry and tabletop finds from artisans, including Beyond the Olive, Brown Bag Books, Casa Amapaz, Grist & Toll Flour, Hedley & Bennet and Ink+Smog. Kick off the holiday season right with ornament and cookie decorating from 11am-3pm, a meet and greet with Santa Clause from noon-3pm each day, and tickets to a special Elf screening at the Million Dollar Theatre on Saturday night. Plus, score all sorts of foodie goodies from Grand Central Market vendors like challah from Clark Street Bread, Butternut Winter Clam Chowder from Bombo, artisanal food gift baskets from DTLA Cheese, champurrado and tamales from Chiles Secos and speciality chocolate boxes, fruitcakes and peppermint bark from Valerie.

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Until Sun Dec 6

Unique USA LA Holiday Market

Described as the largest made-in-America shopping event in the country, the 8th annual Unique USA holiday market features clothes, accessories and art pieces from a number of quality handmade brands. Check out local products and rub elbows with the different designers and artists showcasing their work. Take a break with locally-made food, plus free drinks and photo booth portraits.

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Until Sun Dec 6

Renegade Craft Fair

Any crafter worth her weight in cashmere yarn knows that Renegade Craft Fair is the fair all other fairs aspire to. Held in urban epicenters such as Brooklyn, Chicago, Austin and of course, Los Angeles, Renegade is a traveling marketplace showcasing work from hundreds of the country’s best contemporary indie craft artists. Aside from the wares, Renegade offers all sorts of homemade DIY fun and holiday festivities: think classes and demos, free photo booths and tons of tasty food trucks. Sure, Renegade hosts an epic summer fair, but it's the supplemental holiday fairs in wintertime that help you check everyone off your gift list—including yourself.

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Until Sun Jul 10

Echo Park Craft Fair

Reserve the second weekend in December for the holiday installment of this Pinterester's Utopia: Hosted by the 5,000-square-foot Mack Sennett Studios, the Echo Park Craft Fair returns, welcoming artsy east siders for a holiday feast of hand-dyed clothing and delicately concocted bath oils, one-of-a-kind ceramics, weavings, jewelry and beyond. Founded by a shoe designer and a textile artist, the bi-annual extravaganza has grown from a backyard hangout to an artisan's haven, providing a number of local craftspeople a space to showcase their handmade gems.

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Until Sun May 8

A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace

Calling all vintage lovers! Shop more than 50 of the top vintage retailers (local and national) like Scout, Just Say Native, Recess, Mercy Vintage Now, Arrow and Anchor and private dealers in a marketplace setting within the Cooper Design Space. Enjoy tunes and cocktails from an open bar at the penthouse location, while trying to find that special vintage piece that your stylish friend (or your own closet) has been missing.

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Until Sun Apr 3

Artists & Fleas

We Angelenos welcome New York transplants with open arms—as long as they involve either gourmet ice cream or artisanal, handcrafted goodies. These criteria make the Arts District debut of Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas a no-brainer. Every third weekend of the month, stroll along Mateo St (between 6th and 7th Sts) from 11am to 5pm, for an outdoor weekend event, featuring locally made art, fashion, vintage wares, vinyl, edibles and beyond. Mingle amongst LA's hippest while eyeing hand-beaded jewelry or one-of-a-kind reclaimed wood work from 75+ vendors. Plus, there's a "feed lot" each weekend that features five LA-based food trucks; past participants include Coolhaus, Currywurst and Komodo. Admission is free. Want to get in on the vending action? LA artisans, designers, vintage collectors and food truckers can contact Artists & Fleas here for more info on how to participate.

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Until Sat Dec 21

The Unique One-of-a-Kind Handmade Ornaments Show

This unique ornament sale from gallery iam8bit returns with another show of nerdy festiveness. Artists from around the world have crafted hundreds of original ornaments in an assortment of mediums, from plush to metal, and they're all affordably priced (starting at $10).

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Until Sun Dec 20

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Looking forward to Artisanal LA in Pasadena on the 6th! I love getting foodie gifts for friends. Going to seek out gourmet marshmallows from Plush Puffs in particular.