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Holiday markets in Los Angeles for finding the perfect present

Los Angeles has a holiday market or craft fair for every taste and everyone on your list this season

By Time Out contributors and Michael Juliano
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Fed up with mass-produced merchandise and panic-inducing crowded stores? Try a holiday market instead. L.A. usually has a wealth of seasonal craft fairs that you can browse if the shopping mall options or big department stores just aren’t your bag. But we’ll be honest: Most of them have called off their 2020 holiday editions (you can may have more luck bringing your business to a local gift shop).

That said, a few of our favorite are still happening this year. Whether in person or online, you can still get a bit of year-end shopping done at these couple of holiday markets in L.A.

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These holiday markets are still happening this year

Unique LA
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Unique LA Holiday Market

Shopping Markets and fairs

The annual Unique 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.

This year, the holiday edition heads to ROW DTLA for an outdoor-only market; advance tickets are required (and capacity is capped at 25%), as are face coverings.

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Craft Contemporary Holiday Marketplace

Shopping Markets and fairs

Have a crafty start to the Christmas shopping season at Craft Contemporary’s annual holiday marketplace, which heads online this year. If you’re making a list and checking it twice, consider this shopping event for unique handmade gifts and an opportunity to buy directly from the emerging and established makers behind them.

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De Buena Planta pop-up holiday market
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De Buena Planta holiday market

Shopping Markets and fairs

The trendy Mexican-food pop-up from the Butcher’s Daughter is giving us another outdoor way to shop in December, and yes, you can still get tacos and margaritas to-go. De Buena Planta launched over Labor Day Weekend as a tropical, plant-forward restaurant, and for the next few weekends it’s turning into a holiday bazaar: Every Saturday and Sunday from December 5 to 20 find local vendors selling pottery, house plants, jewelry and beyond while De Buena Planta offers its veggie-friendly food and fresh-juice margaritas for takeout.

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A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace

Shopping Markets and fairs

Calling all vintage lovers! Shop dozens of the top vintage retailers (local and national) and private dealers at this vintage market—which this December returns as a virtual event. A Current Affair is a major source for stylists, designers and anyone in search of one of a kind vintage ranging from perfectly worn-in jeans to rare and collectible designer vintage. Shop an array of vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry from the Victorian Era through today.

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La Peer Hotel
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La Peer Hotel Holiday Market

Shopping Markets and fairs

West Hollywood’s La Peer Hotel is flipping its porte cochère into a pop-up marketplace on Saturdays during the holiday season. From noon to 5pm, you’ll find vendors, festive decor and even Santa stationed in front, as well as in the lobby and courtyard. And 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Project Angel Food and Toys for Tots.

Grand Central Market
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Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace

Shopping Markets and fairs

If you’re making a list and checking it twice, consider this annual shopping event for unique kitchen, pantry and tabletop finds, plus all sorts of foodie goodies. Though GCM has yet to announce a formal holiday market this year, it has started hosting a bazaar every Thursday through Sunday.

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Jackalope Art Fair

Shopping Markets and fairs

The multi-city market won’t be setting up in Pasadena or Burbank this year, but it will be mounting a virtual market, which features 100 artisans, crafters and DIY enthusiasts. Tune on via Instagram on select weekends to meet some of the makers.

The Los Angeles Christmas Market

Shopping Markets and fairs

A former Kmart turned Britney Spears pop-up is now flipping into a holiday marketplace for the rest of the year. Expect a to-be-announced lineup of local brands and a capsule Pentatonix collection, among other very 2020 Christmas designs. You’ll find it on the corner of Fairfax and West 3rd, across from the Grove, and since it’s indoors the store will be operating at 25% capacity. And you can even pose with Santa… in front of a Plexiglass barrier ($45).

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Festival of Lights
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Things to do

You won’t find snow-covered trees and below-zero temperatures in L.A., but there are still plenty of Christmas events and holiday activities to get you in the festive mood—even when it’s 70 and sunny in December and you’re confined to your living room or your car.

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