Dust off your ugly sweaters and get your reusable bags out! It's time to head to the Christmas markets! There are few things people in Seattle love more than crafty, community events that serve beer and sell handmade Seahawks gear.
Holiday markets are a great way to get out and enjoy the magic of the season. Spend time with friends, hunt for gifts, and see what local vendors have been working on all year. If you want to book your winter calendar with wall-to-wall Christmas markets, that's pretty much an option here.
Seattle is a town full of talented creators, and their work is on full display this winter. With beautiful, playful, and at times even hilarious designs from major players like Urban Craft Uprising, you're going to have fun and get some shopping done at these events.
Want more? If 15 Christmas markets is nowhere near enough for you, check out even more options in 15 Things To Do In Washington That You Have To Add To Your Winter Bucket List and Here Are The 15 Best Places To Visit In Washington If You’re Obsessed With Christmas.
Here are 15 Christmas markets in Seattle you'll want to check out this holiday season.
Where: 6310 NE 74th StWhen: November 24-25
GeekCraft Expo at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park features handmade works with a geeky twist on them. As their website assures, all gifts are "TOTALLY NERDY!"
Is there someone on your list who'd love a Nasty Woman candle? Or, perhaps someone who'd like to bask in the sweet smell of a Bad Hombre? If you're in the market for nerdy, off-the-wall gifts that you won't find at your grandma's craft show, this event is a must. And if smelling that Bad Hombre candle ignites a craving for tacos, food trucks will be standing by!
Winter Solstice Night Market
Where: 6310 NE 74th StWhen: December 7-8
This indoor market goes down at Magnuson Park's Hangar 30. For two nights the industrial space will be taken over by holiday music and festive decorations. More than 100 pop-up vendors will cover your gifting needs from trendy to vintage and handmade crafts.
Street food and drinks will be available throughout the night. Sip a cold winter ale while you shop for a purse for your mom, or nosh on a taco while you hunt for the perfect vintage vase--Or, just sip the winter ale while you eat a taco! Who said you have to shop? You can just come for the food!
Urban Craft Uprising 2018 Winter Show
Where: 301 Mercer StWhen: December 1-2
This large-scale, much-anticipated Christmas event is hosted by Urban Craft Uprising crew. Taking place at the Seattle Exhibition Hall, this is Seattle's largest indie craft show. Over 150 vendors will be there selling a wide range of creations including aprons, decorations, candles, kits, children's goods, toys, wallets, buttons, furniture, paper goods, housewares, jewelry, and various kinds of clothing.
In celebration of Urban Craft Uprising's geekiness, there will be craft book signings every hour as well as live demos. Something tells me we can expect some costumes here as well. You could probably just wear whatever you wore to Comic-Con this year and add a Santa hat.
All pieces being sold at the show go through a jury process to determine originality and quality, making this a prime destination for buying gifts that people will actually want.
South Lake Union Winter Market
Where: 426 Terry Ave NWhen: December 5-6
Urban Craft Uprising also hosts this free market as a bonus follow-up to their annual Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show the week before.
For this bonus market, it will be a smaller selection--a few dozen vendors, but a curated one nonetheless. Vendors will vary between the two days, so come to both days if you want to see everything!
A Victorian Country Christmas Festival 2018
Where: Washington State Fair 110 9th Ave SWWhen: November 28-December 2
This massive Puyallup event has been a tradition for over 30 years. Hosted at the Washington State Fairgrounds, there are over 500 pop-up shops for guests to buy from and an over-the-top lineup of entertainment that includes stage shows from Seattle's 5th Ave Theatre, Aaron Crawford, and a singing nativity.
Guests can cruise around on a Santa Tram, enjoy free carriage rides, take a spin around a Christmas carousel, and experiment with face painting in Santa's Village. Gourmet food and wine abound, and, oh yeah--this might be important: Many people arrive dressed in full Victorian attire.
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Where: 620 Tyler St When: November 23-24
This Port Townsand arts and crafts fair kicks off holiday shopping on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Uptown at the Port Townsend Community Center.
The fair is a relatively small event, but it can be a good excuse for a day trip to the charming beachside town of Port Townsend. If you're there after dark, you can drive through some of the residential neighborhoods to see Christmas lights draped over some unusual architecture.
Native Holiday Gift Fair and Art Market
Where: 4705 W Marginal Way SWWhen: November 23-25
This annual market is a rare opportunity to meet members of the Duwamish Native American tribe and glean insight into their culture through beautiful handmade art. Buy crafts made from traditional native methods and speak to the members who created them. The event takes place at the tribe's cultural center, so while you're there you can learn about their history.
Sons of Norway Bazaar and Yulefest
Where: 18891 Front St NEWhen: December 2
Poulsbo's annual Sons of Norway Bazaar and Yulefest celebrates Scandinavian culture and holiday traditions. The celebration takes place on Poulsbo's waterfront, where you'll find more than just your typical sugar cookies and cider. In true Scandinavian taste, there will be pea soup and freshly grilled lefse.
There will be over 20 Scandinavian vendors selling crafts, Rommegrot youth dancers performing in traditional costume, and a bonfire to keep guests warm after sunset.
Holiday Sale of Handicrafts and Baked Treats
Where: 108 NW 83rd StWhen: December 2
The Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism hosts this annual craft show to feature Tibetan clothing and crafts. Guests come to peruse blankets, jewelry, statues, prayer flags, incense, clothing, art prints, books, and Himalayan art calendars.
The event takes place at The Sakya Monastery. Guests have the option to tour the Shrine Room there with traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas, and an enormous golden Buddha statue. Tibetan tea will be served during the tour.
Holiday Craft Bazaar Benefiting MEOW Cat Rescue
Where: 308 Fourth Ave SWhen: December 1
This bazaar in Kirkland is all about handmade jewelry, baked goods, and, above all, cats. There will be cat merchandise for the die-hard cat fans as well as raffle drawings. Proceeds go to benefit the cats of MEOW Cat Rescue.
United Indians Art Market
Where: 5011 Bernie Whitebear WayWhen: December 1-2 and 15-16
This annual celebration and craft fair represents a variety of Native American tribes. Vendors bring clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, art prints and more to sell, and there will be a salmon bake with "Indian tacos" to snack on.
Come to pick up some unique holiday gifts and learn about Native American culture from the tribespeople themselves.
PNA Winter Festival and Crafts Fair
Where: 6532 Phinney Ave NWhen: December 1-2
This will be the 38th annual Phinney Neighborhood Association's holiday festival. With over 120 vendors, you'll find a range from high-end to whimsical crafts, including some exceptional pottery by John Ellefson of Touch Formed Studio.
The Alliance Française de Seattle Christmas Market 2018
Where: 4649 Sunnyside Ave NWhen: December 8
As Seattle's only French-inspired Christmas market, this afternoon affair will look a bit different than most local craft shows.
In European style, Alliance Française de Seattle will offer premier French delicatessen, arts, and crafts.
Christkindlmarkt 2018 in Leavenworth
Where:1001 Front St When: November 23-25
The nonprofit organization Projekt Bayern is on a mission to promote and preserve Leavenworth's Bavarian theme, and this market is a fabulous example of those efforts. Projekt Bayern produces Christkindlmarkt every year on Thanksgiving weekend. A lantern parade kicks off the festivities where children carry handmade lanterns with their parents to follow Mr. and Mrs. Claus to a Gazebo where the Christkind welcomes the crowds to the festival.
Traditional Bavarian food and drinks are served throughout the event, and Bavarian music plays continuously from live performances in traditional Bavarian attire. Basically, it feels like an Oktoberfest party, but if Santa Claus was the host.
Holiday Market at Westlake Park, presented by DSA (Downtown Seattle Association)
Where: 401 Pine StWhen: November 23-December 23
Urban Craft Uprising, the up-and-coming stars of the Seattle craft scene, are curating this five-week Christmas market in downtown Seattle. These badass babes are bringing a new standard of style and good taste to the holiday market landscape, and the city is embracing them. Going against some stereotypes of holiday craft shows, this team is bringing top quality--even trendy--handmade artwork and clothing to local pop-up shops.
This five-week event will last through the heart of the Christmas season, beginning November 23. The details have been laid out by each week in Facebook events: