Through Christmas Eve (for those last-minute shoppers!), there are a variety of Washington holiday markets for filling those stockings during this season of giving. With bonuses like live music and seasonal drinks, these markets will make you feel especially festive while shopping small.
Nov. 24 to Dec. 24: Seattle Christmas Market
The month-long Seattle Christmas Market is a holiday event inspired by traditional German Christmas markets. The Washington holiday market takes place at the Fisher Pavilion and South Fountain Lawn at Seattle Center, and guests can check out local and international artisan crafts and gifts, traditional food and drink, interactive installations, entertainment and seasonal decorations (like a walk-through Christmas tree!) to truly get into the spirit. Tickets are $19.99; order now for early-bird pricing of $15.99 (free admission for children 6 and under).
For more information: seattlechristmasmarket.com.
Nov. 25: 28th Annual Magic in the Market
The 28th Annual Magic in the Market at Pike Place Market–a beloved local tradition–takes place on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Seattle event offers an array of festive activities and attractions that capture the true spirit of the season, including free photos with Santa, live music, a sip-and-savor tour for those 21-plus (separate tickets are required), special shopping offers, free cookie decorating, fresh Christmas wreaths and much more.
For more information: www.pikeplacemarket.org.
Nov. 25: Seabrook Holiday Market
Kick off the holiday festivities with Jolly Days and the Holiday Market hosted in the Seabrook Town Hall on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly Washington holiday market will spotlight a variety of local vendors, a hot chocolate bar, crafting activities, a spot for kiddos to drop off letters to Santa and even photos with the big guy himself. (Photo sessions are $75 plus tax; book in advance to ensure a spot.)
For more information: www.seabrookwa.com.
Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16: Kirkland Urban Small Business Saturday Market and Winter Markets
During Small Business Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kirkland Urban, locals and visitors are encouraged to shop small and local. Then, come December [ed. note: Dec. 9 event was canceled due to weather], check out Kirkland Urban’s Winter Markets. Market vendors will be offering a free gift with every purchase, and there will also be a special giveaway for the first 50 attendees at each market, a complimentary gift-wrapping station, live music and a drop-off for letters for Santa. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information: kirklandurban.com.
Nov. 25 to Dec. 23, Saturdays: Sip + Shop at Northwest Spirits
Every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 2 to 5 p.m., all are invited to peruse goods from local vendors during Northwest Spirits’ Sip + Shop. Savor one complimentary cocktail taster while you browse and enjoy live music, free gift wrapping, all-day happy hour and seasonal drink specials. Children are welcome to free apple cider and popcorn. Free to attend.
For more information: northwestspirits.com.
Dec. 1 and Dec. 2: The Lodge at St. Edward Park Holiday Arts Market
The Lodge at St. Edward Park Holiday Arts Market is set for Dec. 1, from 2 to 7 p.m., and Dec. 2, from noon to 6 p.m. Artists from around the Puget Sound will be selling original paintings, cards, prints, jewelry, fine woodworking, blown-glass ornaments and more for unique gifts for loved ones. Free to attend.
For more information: www.thelodgeatstedward.com.
Dec. 2 and Dec. 3: The Solstice Mercantile
Explore a wide array of handmade products that tell the stories of the people who created them at the two-day Solstice Mercantile. Browse racks of one-of-a-kind fashions, food and wine and find unique gifts for everyone on your list. The kid-friendly event takes place at Orcas Island Winery farmhouse and underneath an attached heated tent from noon to 5 p.m. Guests can choose to donate $5 (or more) now at www.gofundme.com to have their name listed at the door or pay $10 upon arrival (free for those 18 and under).
For more information: thesolsticemercantile.com.
Dec. 3: Third-Annual Future of Diversity Holiday Market
From noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Osteria la Spiga in Seattle, support the Future of Diversity Holiday Market where guest chefs and artisans will be selling their
packaged food products, beverages, chocolates and desserts, health and wellness products, jewelry, art, plants and delicious hot street foods to kick off the holiday season. There will also be live entertainment, a raffle and much more.
Cost: Free to attend.
For more information: www.laspiga.com.
Dec. 8 to Dec. 10: Old-Fashioned Holiday Market
Friday Harbor’s Old-Fashioned Holiday Market–set for Dec. 8 to Dec. 10 at Brickworks Events Center–features more than two dozen vendors offering an array of crafts, food, wellness products and other gifts for the holidays. Bring the whole family as they can enjoy hayrides on Saturday and pony rides on Sunday as well as visits from Santa. This Washington holiday market takes place Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free to attend.
For more information: /www.visitsanjuans.com.