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19 festive holiday markets to find one-of-a-kind gifts in and around L.A.

There are many benefits to shopping small this holiday season. You can support L.A.’s creative community. You won’t have to worry about supply chain issues or whether your gift will arrive in time. There’s no unnecessary packaging that comes with shipped gifts and, most important, it’s a good excuse to get out of the house and experience L.A.

Thanks to vaccines and booster shots, holiday markets are back with a vengeance this year, offering one-of-a-kind gifts in unexpected places. In Ojai, you can shop for handcrafted goods in the hotel rooms of the Ojai Rancho Inn. At Angel City Brewery in the Arts District, you can sample IPAs while shopping for jewelry and ceramics by local artists. Many public parks and avenues will close down to host outdoor events. Even if you don’t purchase something, you’ll enjoy a unique experience and connect with others.

Shop for unique items at these outdoor flea markets in and around Los Angeles. From Long Beach to Ventura, we’ve selected our favorite spots.

Aug. 9, 2023

Read on for a selection of holiday markets and craft fairs in and around Los Angeles this holiday season. In addition to our roundup of L.A.’s best gift shops, check out our roundup of flea markets, another great option — and experience to have — in your search for unique gifts.

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People shop outdoors at tented tables at the In Todo Craft Fair.
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In Todo Craft Fair

Boyle Heights Holiday market
Following last year’s inaugural holiday marketplace at Mack Sennett Studios, the In Todo Craft Fair returns this year at a new, larger venue: Frankie Los Angeles in Boyle Heights. In Todo was founded by designers Kristen Gonzalez (Selva Negra), Shobha Philips (Proclaim), Adele Tetangco (et Tigre) and Aliya Wanek in an effort to bring visibility to BIPOC artists, designers and makers in Los Angeles. This year’s event will feature more than 100 makers offering apparel, jewelry, handmade crafts, home goods, wellness, beauty and specialty foods from local artisanal vendors, including Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen and Lasita.

The event will be held indoors and outdoors.

When: Nov. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: Tickets can be purchased in advance online and at the door; entry is $10 for one day or $16 for both.
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Makeshift Muse

Downtown L.A. Holiday market
Shop for vintage goods and handmade items from more than 30 local makers, as Makeshift Muse hosts four holiday events this season: Nov. 5 and 6 in Old Town Pasadena, Nov. 12 and 13 and Dec. 17 and 18 in Huntington Beach and Dec. 3 and 4 at Angel City Brewery in the Arts District. In addition to gifts, the markets will include live music, food and drinks and holiday-inspired decor.

Nov. 5 and 6, noon to 5 p.m., Big Bang Theory Way, Pasadena; Nov. 12 and 13 and Dec. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 220 Walnut Ave., Huntington Beach; Dec. 3 and 4, noon to 6 p.m., Angel City Brewery, DTLA.

Admission: Free
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Mujeres Makers Market

Holiday market
This monthly pop-up retail experience generally features more than 50 vendors, all women of color. On the first Sunday of every month, you can shop for vintage goods, handmade Latinesque items, candles, soaps, clothing and more. In honor of Día de los Muertos, the November pop-up will offer music, community altars, face painting, arts and crafts, a La Catrina contest and dance performances. The two-day event in December at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara will feature holiday-themed decor, music, photos and food. In addition, the organizers are planning to add some elements of Posadas, a holiday celebration common in Mexico and within the community in California.

When: Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Free
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Maum Market

Pasadena Holiday market
Arnold Byun and Kioh Park launched the MAUM monthly market in January in an effort to highlight Korean and Asian makers. The latest pop-up in November, an outdoor experience hosted at One Colorado in Old Pasadena, will feature works by 26 Asian makers spanning ceramics to sustainable clothing, including Glee + Co, Eunjin Bae, Serein Botanicals and Rise and Shine Jewelry.

When: Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at One Colorado in Pasadena; Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Platform Park, 8806 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.

Admission: Free but reservations are required.
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These Hands Makers Collective Holiday Pop-up

Culver City Holiday market
These Hands Makers, which hosts classes on knitting, candle-making and shibori dyeing, hosts a holiday pop-up with Lola and Diosa, Daggers and Pearls, Weird Luck, Thunder Textile and Virgo Vintage, among others.

When: Nov. 12, 3 to 8 p.m.

Admission: Free
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Dear Handmade Life’s Patchwork Show Modern Makers Festival

Long Beach Holiday market
Dear Handmade Life, a networking group for creatives in Los Angeles, sponsors this annual craft fair in the parking lot of Marine Stadium in Long Beach as a way to highlight small businesses. This year’s show will feature more than 200 makers, from jewelers to potters, as well as kids’ coloring stations, hands-on DIY classes and more than 10 food trucks. The event is bike- and dog-friendly, and even includes a bike valet.

When: Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: Free
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The Conscious Collective Makers Market

Ventura County Holiday market
More than 20 artists, designers and makers will sell locally made artisanal goods, including jewelry, ceramics and specialty food items, in the parking lot of the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17.
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Renegade Craft Tour

Chinatown Holiday market
Walking the Renegade Craft Fair at the Los Angeles State Historic Park is a little like experiencing an alfresco Etsy convention as independent designers take a break from their online shops and set up booths where you can view their handmade wares in person.

In addition to the promise of a good workout walking around the L.A. park near Chinatown, the holiday installment of Renegade will offer original paintings and prints, soaps and candles, pottery, jewelry, clothing and artisanal foods.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20.

Admission: Donation. Leashed pets allowed.
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Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair

Pasadena Holiday market
More than 400 artisans will set up at Central Park in Old Town Pasadena for the annual curated selection of independent artisans offering original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, home goods and art. The event will repeat on San Fernando Boulevard in downtown Burbank between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno, with Santa Claus scheduled to appear as a special guest.

When: Nov. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Park, Pasadena; Dec. 10 and 11, 10 a.m to 5 p.m., San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia and Angeleno in downtown Burbank

Admission: Free. Leashed pets are welcome.
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Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Pomona Holiday market
Hundreds of artists will convene at the Pomona Fairgrounds for the 50th annual Harvest Festival, a celebration of handmade jewelry, clothing, photography, specialty foods, hand-turned wood, ceramics, blown glass and ornaments. This year’s event also will feature a Maker’s Market for smaller brands, a vintage alley and activities for kids.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.

Admission: $4-$9
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Midland Market

Boyle Heights Holiday market
More than 70 local designers, including Block Shop Textiles, Chan Luu, Jen E Ceramics, Calico Farm and Shaina Mote, will gather at the Frankie Los Angeles event space for this holiday market, hosted by Paige Appel and Kelly Harris of Midland Shop.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

Admission: $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Kids under 12 free.
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Prosperity Market

Fairfax Holiday market
Prosperity Market, a mobile market devoted to supporting Black farmers, food producers and artists, hosts an in-person pop-up market on Dec. 3 at the Original Farmers Market on 3rd Street, near the Grove.

“We have farmers, food producers, packaged food, hot food. We always have music,” Prosperity Market founders Kara Still and Carmen Dianne told The Times. “We have a DJ. I would say we’re like 70% food, and then we have 30% artists. Sometimes we’ll have children’s events. We do raffles. We’ll bring in community partners. It really is about creating a space where people can have access to all of these goods via all of these Black producers and be together. A space for people to be together and to learn stuff and try some new things.”

In addition to the event at the Grove, Still and Dianne have curated four special collections by some of their favorite local Black-owned businesses for the holidays: Flavor, Snack, Self-Care and Produce, priced between $45 and $55. Online ordering launches on Nov. 25 and closes Dec. 15. Local delivery (fee applies) and pick-up will be available on Dec. 17.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3

Admission: Free
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Craft Contemporary Holiday Marketplace

Mid-Wilshire Holiday market
After taking in Lezley Saar’s “Diorama Drama” exhibition at Craft Contemporary (formerly the Craft and Folk Art Museum), shop for one-of-a-kind contemporary crafts by more than 20 Los Angeles-based makers at the Holiday Marketplace held in the courtyard of the museum.

Guests can enjoy music and refreshments while shopping for ceramics, glassware, jewelry, artisanal chocolate, leather bags, dried floral wreaths and organic skincare products from vendors Ashley Procopio Jewelry, Hecho by Caye, Isa Guadalupe, Kathryn Hillier Ceramics and Ladée Claire Chocolates, among others.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4

Admission: Saturday, $9, includes museum admission; Sunday, pay what you can. Early access to the market on Saturday, which includes brunch, $25 to $30.
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Handmade Market Collective

Atwater Village Holiday market
Artists, creatives, designers and makers assemble in the parking lot of Hugo’s Tacos for the annual community bazaar.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4

Admission: Free.
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Heather Levine Ceramics Holiday Studio Sale

Glassell Park Holiday market
Ceramist Heather Levine opens her studio for her annual holiday sale, where guests can shop for handmade bowls, vases, planters, coffee mugs, even pendant lamps by Los Angeles artists. In addition to Levine, this year’s lineup includes ceramists Heather Rosenman, MH Ceramics, Madeleine Pellegren, Studio J. Dubois, Betsey Carter Ceramics, Pawena Studio, Morgan Peck, Matthew Rosenquist and Clare Crespo.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10

Admission: Free
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Unique Markets Holiday Market

Downtown L.A. Holiday market
More than 150 local small businesses — many of which have BIPOC owners — and independent artists will share clothing, jewelry, apothecary items and other gifts at the 14th annual Unique Markets Holiday Market, held at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles. Admission includes a tote bag, gift wrapping, photo booth access and refreshments. Participants can be seen on Unique Market’s website.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11

Admission: $15; $20 for both days. VIP admission, $50, includes a set of merino wool coasters, an enamel mug, another surprise gift and a nylon tote bag.
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Deck the Halls Ojai Holiday Market

Ventura County Holiday market
Hotel rooms become showrooms at Deck the Halls, an annual event where designers from all over California set up shop in the 18 rooms of the hip Ojai Rancho Inn. Artists and makers from L.A., Ojai and beyond include Fixed Air, Kris Chau, Eunbi, Simeona Leona, Matthew Ready, All Roads Studio, Alexis Smart, Lookout and Wonderland, High Tide, Sherlise Lee, Debbie Bean, Block Shop, Wonder Valley, Milena Silvano, Agnes Baddoo, Zen Bunni, Bliss and Mischief, Sam Roberts, Tavin, Shop Summer Camp, Rory’s Place, Sama Sama Kitchen and many more.

There will be live music curated by Carlos Niño and Annelise Stabenau.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 17

Admission: Free
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West Coast Craft Market

Downtown L.A. Holiday market
The West Coast Craft Market in Los Angeles brings together more than 175 artists, designers and makers at this outdoor market held at the North Lot at Skylight ROW DTLA. The event will feature vintage goods and apparel, ceramics and candles and jewelry.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17

Admission: Free. Leashed pets allowed.
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Mujeres Market Orange County

Santa Ana Holiday market
In 2017, Gloria Lucas started Mujeres Market as a place where individuals who identify as women of color, femmes of color, or queer or trans people of color could sell their homemade or independently created products. This year’s holiday market will feature more than 100 vendors as well as DJs, food, photo ops and a cash bar.

When: noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 18

Admission: Free
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