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From a previous Julefest, before the pandemic.

5 best holiday markets around the Seattle area

Have a little festive fun while shopping for unique crafts and gifts.

2021 holiday markets: Ready or not, the holidays are almost here! And to prepare you for the season of gift-giving, Seattle’s Child has rounded up some unique holiday markets in the Puget Sound area. Whether you are on the hunt for handmade, artisan crafts and locally sourced specialty foods, or are simply looking for some family-friendly, festive fun, these local markets have got it all. 

United Indians Native Art Market

At a variety of price points, find stunning, unique gifts made by Native American artists including jewelry, woodworking, clothing, drums, art prints and more. All vendors and attendees must show proof of full vaccination or of a negative Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to the event.
Dates: Nov. 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. FREE
Location: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, Discovery Park, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle

Julefest

The National Nordic Museum is transformed into a winter wonderland during this festive annual outdoor event. Drink spiced wine while perusing gifts from the artisan and craft vendors, sample aebleskiver or drink aquavit from the Valhalla Beer Garden. The kids can meet Santa there and make Nordic paper snow stars virtually.
RSVP for FREE tickets. (Make sure you change date to Nov. 20 or Nov. 21 to get a free ticket.)
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: National Nordic Museum
2655 NW Market St., Seattle

GeekCraft Expo Seattle Holiday Market 2021

A quirky, fun holiday market where unique  handmade gifts are sold. A great place to shop for those in your life who enjoy a “geeky” lifestyle. Kids (and adults) can participate in make-and-take crafts and activities. Superheroes, gaming, and cosplay are some of the many themes. Costumes encouraged!
Face masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test needed for admission. Tickets: $2.
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Magnuson Park Hangar 30, 6310 NE 74th St., Seattle

Urban Craft Uprising 2021 Winter Show

Only downtown will you find an array of gift options created by Urban Craft Uprising artisans, at a free market hosted by the artist themselves. This particular market boasts convenience as well as old-school charm amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. And the first 100 fans to arrive on Dec. 4 and 5 will receive special UCU swag bags.
Dates
Preview night: Friday, Dec. 3, 5  p.m. to 9 p.m. (Tickets for first 1,500 fans who register, $10)
Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St, Seattle
Winter Show: Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE
Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St, Seattle

Also by UCU: Gobble Up Seattle 2021, where you can sample and purchase gift foods all day long. FREE to attend. Show proof of vaccination (or a negative PCR COVID test). Register here.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Magnuson Park, Hangar 30, 6310 NE 74th St., Seattle

Edmonds Holiday Market

Just a few blocks off the beautiful Edmonds shoreline, 5th Avenue will close between City Hall and the Edmonds Historical Museum to bring 50-plus vendors selling a variety of unique gifts. From cured meats to cheeses to baked goods to artisan crafts, there’s something for everyone at this quaint, farmers market-style outdoor event.
Dates: Saturdays: Nov 6, 13, 20 and Dec 4, 11 and 18. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREE.
Location: Downtown Edmonds, 5th Avenue between City Hall and the Edmonds Historical Museum

This updated article was first published on Nov. 30, 2019.

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