No matter how cheery the decorations, shopping at this time of year can often be a hellscape of sweaty crowds, snaking lines and mass-produced crap. But no more! Spend your money with local artists and artisans instead, surrounded by good vibes and likeminded fellow shoppers. Below, peruse a few of the city’s upcoming pop-up shops and seasonal fairs featuring handmade goods you’ll be proud to gift wrap.
South Lake Union Winter Market
The tireless folks of Urban Craft Uprising return to South Lake Union again this year to showcase a couple dozen artisan vendors.
Van Vorst Plaza
Through Dec. 23; opening party Dec. 6
SF-based company Open-Editions fills the storefront gallery at Civilization with artist-designed gifts: prints, bags, stationery, books and more.
Through Dec. 24, Friday–Sunday
Urban Craft Uprising’s Holiday Market
“Think winter German market in the heart of downtown Seattle, with unique handmade vendors offering a holiday gift alternative to big box stores!” Expect a new set of curated makers each week.
Handmade Holiday Market
“Combat the drudgery of holiday shopping by browsing the work of over 50 local artists in Seattle’s largest architectural salvage yard!”
Second Use Building Materials
Dec. 9 & 10
Punk Rock Flea Market
This year one of the city’s longest-running DIY craft fairs sets up shop in the Central District’s decommissioned Red Apple supermarket before it falls to Vulcan’s wrecking ball. More than 150 vendors selling “pretty much EVERYTHING. Big things, small things, clothes, music, crafts, art, food, sneakers, skateboards, bondage gear, prosthetic limbs, bike parts, graffiti supplies, snake oil, droids.” Plus DJs and live music.
Red Apple at 23rd and Union
Dec. 9 & 17
Native Art Mart
“Beautiful work by Native American artists. Many styles and tribes represented. Clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, art prints and so much more.”
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park
Dec. 10 & 17
Tractor Tavern’s Handmade Arcade
Local and handmade goods from 25-plus artists and craftspeople. Live music all day courtesy Star Anna, Taylar Elizza Beth, Gabriel Mintz, Bill Patton and more. Drink while you shop, eat while you listen. Free entry, 21 and up.
Mini Art Exhibit / Black Owl Market & Lady Natasha Pop-Up
While Ghost Gallery’s highly giftable Mini Art Exhibit is underway, “shop the Black Owl Market Pop-Up, presented by founders Jason Soles, SIGIL and Strix Publishing. These Capitol Hill-based creators will showcase their dark wares for the holiday season.” Also, Natasha Lady Krishna takes over Ghost’s Small Works Room all month.
Pop Up Mercado: Viva Santo Claus
“We have all you’ll need for those extra special gifts! Apparel, art, jewelry, food and other beautiful handmade gifts all under one roof.” Hosted by Colectiva Noroeste.
Centilia Cultural Center
Art Under $100
South Park Arts hosts this sale and holiday party featuring the work of more than 60 artists, all-ages creativity, food trucks and an art raffle.
Seattle Design Center
Through Dec. 24
Vanishing Seattle x Eighth Generation Pop-Up at Pike Place
“The Vanishing Seattle Pop-Up will include a mix of products developed in-house by Eighth Generation and also feature the work of local street artists No Touching Ground and @besoseattle – with apparel, jewelry, phone cases and more. There will also be books by local authors about Seattle’s distinct neighborhoods, communities and subcultures. Revenues from the pop-up will support an upcoming Vanishing Seattle documentary film project.”
Eighth Generation by Louie Going
Renegade Craft Fair
“Renegade is a celebration of creative spirit and each fair gathers 200-plus emerging and seasoned independent makers alike.”
Magnuson Park, Hangar 30
Melrose Market’s Christmas Market
“Join us at Melrose Market on the day before Christmas Eve to shop for last-minute local goods, including fresh local produce, meat, dairy, seafood, flowers, wine, dry goods and hot roasted holiday nuts.”
Josh Day: A Community Celebration
When shopping days are over, cleanse your consumer palate with Josh Day in Mt. Baker, featuring free food prepared by chef Tarik Abdullah, free clothes and blankets, wellness care, a comedy show, live music, story time with Santa and a gingerbread village-making station. To volunteer or donate, email: JoshDay206@gmail.com.
Mt. Baker Artist Lofts Community Room