The city’s annual holiday markets are looking a bit different this year as the borough braces itself for a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases, with some retailers shifting to entirely remote operations, while others are utilizing outdoor space to offer a “shop local” experience — right when Brooklyn’s small businesses need it most.
Shop local, eat local
Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point will be showcasing locally-made goods in partnership with The Maker Show, a new organization focused on empowering local creators. Shoppers can snag gifts for the whole family — including their furry friends — with dozens of vendors offering accessories, clothing, treats, and art. As an added bonus, patrons can take a break from shopping and stop by the nearby Dekalb Market Hall’s expansive range of global fare like Polish pierogies or spicy Chinese cuisine.
The Makers Show at City Point (445 Albee Square West between Willoughby and Fulton streets in Downtown Brooklyn, www.themakersshow.com) Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Nov. 27 to Dec. 20, 11 am—8 pm. Patrons can reserve a 30-minute time slot in advance and skip the line.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard is bringing its third annual holiday market online this year with more than 20 of its tenants offering their wares via the internet. From high-quality spirits to high fashion, all items available for purchase are produced exclusively by manufacturers and makers operating in the Navy Yard — many of whom have pivoted their businesses to mass-produce PPE during the ongoing pandemic.
Brooklyn Navy Yard Holiday Market (www.madeattheyard.com) Nov. 6 through Jan. 3, 2021.
Arts and crafts
Support local artists while surprising your friends with one-of-a-kind gifts at Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition’s premier holiday market. At a time when the borough’s artists are struggling more than ever, purchasing a unique piece while keeping Brooklyn’s infamous art scene alive is exactly what is sounds like: priceless.
Holiday Makers Market at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (481 Van Brunt St. at the intersection of Beard Street in Red Hook, www.facebook.com/BWAC.ART/), Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, 1—6 pm.
Brooklyn Flea is taking over Dumbo’s Washington Street for the holiday season with a slew of activities — most importantly a holiday market specializing in vintage and handmade goods. In partnership with the Dumbo Business Improvement District, more than 40 vendors will offer their goods each weekend and many of the neighborhood’s shops will expand to the outdoors. Stay warm while walking through the open streets with hot drinks and keep your pint-sized companions entertained with a plethora of fun and games.
Dumbo Holiday Market (Washington Street in Dumbo) Weekends starting Nov. 28 from 10 am—4 pm.