Craft Fair Extraordinaire


If waiting in line at a big box store to pay an exorbitant sum for a piece of plastic that will be obsolete next year doesn’t exactly put you in the holiday spirit, why not support local creative types by buying  your presents at one of the many craft fairs taking place throughout the borough this weekend? From noon to 6pm, 3rd Ward’s Handmade Holiday Craft Fair promises two floors of great gift ideas, like these chocolate bars made with bleu cheese and figs, as well as live music, cocktails, and gift bags for the first 300 attendees. Also in North Brooklyn this weekend and next from 12-5pm is Loreley’s first annual pop-up Christmas Market, with mulled wine, food, and over a dozen vendors including Twig Terrariums and Bitter & Esters, who sell beer-making kits. A little further south, the Brooklyn Historical Society will host the New York Creates Holiday Craft Fair from 10am-5pm, where beautiful items from over 50 vendors, like this necklace made from sea glass collected in NYC, will be for sale. If you are in Park Slope, be sure to check out the P.S. 321 Holiday Shop from 10am-5pm and the South Slope Holiday Craft Fair from 11am-5pm, both of which will have tons of jewelry, ceramics, clothes, paper gifts, artwork, and cosmetics to choose from. If you’re in the mood for something really different, head to Bay Ridge, where Scandinavian Christmas music and gifts will be available at the Second Annual Scandinavian Christmas Market. And the Brooklyn Flea is adding 3 extra shopping days on top of its weekends at One Hanson Pl.: Fri. 12/16, Wed. 12/21, and Thur., 12/22 from 2 to 9pm. Whichever fair you choose to go to, you can be assured that you’ll be much happier than you would be braving the mob scenes in midtown, and you’ll find cooler presents too!

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