For the next few weekends Harlem will be bursting with holiday markets where you can check off everyone on your list. Schedule your time wisely, though, for they'll be gone in the blink of a Christmas tree light. Listed in chronological order (a few events run on multiple weekends–be sure to check below):
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave
Thu, Nov 29-Sun, Dec 2; $10
Admire St. John the Divine's solemn beauty while strolling through the indoor stalls displaying intricate jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, and more. This is the only market on this list with an entrance fee, but proceeds go to a good cause.
Bierstrasse, 2346 12th Ave
Sat, Dec 1 & Sat, Dec 15
West African-inspired fashions, handmade jewelry, body oils, cute baby clothes and more can be found at this new holiday market Down Under the Riverside Viaduct.
Silvana, 300 W 116th St
Sun, Dec 2 and every other Sunday through Dec 23, 10am-5pm
Head downstairs at Silvana to shop this bohemian market with global vibes. There's a different vendor lineup every Sunday, and this weekend includes flattering batik dresses from Wow Wow by Wunmi, embellished cargo pants by Lola Loves Cargo, and deconstructed fashion by Eppersonn. Curator/hostess Sade Akin Boyewa El may even bring handiras–Moroccan wedding blankets.
Gallery Eight, 2602 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Fri, Dec 7-Sun, Dec 9
This three-day event will take place in an airy space on the corner of Strivers' Row that doubles as an art gallery. Look for hats from Karema Deodato, jewelry from Maiko Suzuki, chocolates from Sol Cacao, skincare from Flo & Theo, plus African-American-themed images, posters and memorabilia from the one-of-a-kind John Reddick Collection.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 521 W 126th St
Sat, Dec 8 noon-5pm
Now in its ninth year, this annual crafts fair in the basement of St. Mary's promises to feature 30 vendors selling handmade items, vintage goods and baked treats. You can warm up with hot cider, too!
246 Lenox Ave
Sat, Dec 8 11am-6pm
Kids can meet Santa (parents are encouraged to take pictures with their own cameras), adults can dance to DJ Stormin' Norman, and everyone can shop for locally-made food and crafts.