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The 9 best holiday markets in Harlem and beyond

November 26, 2019

 

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):

 

Schomburg Harlem Holiday Marketplace

Fri, Nov 29 & Sat, Nov 30 noon-6pm

Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd at 135th St

Head to the Schomburg's lobby for this market featuring brown and black makers and small businesses such as Just Keebs, Royal Jelly Harlem and Zuri Kenya.

 

Uptown Artisanal Pop-Up

Sat, Nov 30 11am-6pm

2878 Broadway and 112th St

This collective of uptown artisans and small businesses takes over the old Liberty House space in Morningside Heights for Small Business Saturday, featuring fashion, accessories, beauty, and more.

 

Black Brownstone Market

Sat, Nov 3o & Sun, Dec 1 11am-6pm

246 Lenox between 122nd and 123rd Sts

A Harlem brownstone is the setting for this market packed with fashion, accessories, skincare, food and more from black women-owned businesses.

 

Crafts at the Cathedral

Fri, Dec  6 noon-8pm; Sat, Dec 7 10am-6pm; Sun, Dec 8 1pm-5pm; $10

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St

Admire St. John the Divine's solemn beauty while strolling through the indoor stalls displaying intricate jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, and more. 

 

10th Annual Alter‑Knit‑Ive Harlem Holiday Crafts Fair

Sat, Dec 7 11am-5pm

St. Mary's Church, 521 W 126th St between Amsterdam Ave and Old Broadway

Now in its tenth year, this annual crafts fair at St. Mary's features local makers selling handmade gifts, vintage goods and baked treats. Plus, there's live music.

 

Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta

Sat, Dec 7; Sat, Dec 14; Sat, Dec 21; 4pm-10pm

La Marqueta, 1590 Park Avenue between 115th and 116th Sts

The brand new Harlem Night Market is taking over the newly weatherproofed, block-long La Placita in La Marqueta for the first three Saturdays in December. Expect a mix of food, drinks, shopping and beats from some of Harlem's best DJs.

 

Harlem Makers Collective

Fri, Dec 13 2pm-9pm; Sat, Dec 14 11am-9pm; Sun, Dec 15 10am-6pm

Gallery Eight, 2602 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 139th St

This now annual event in a corner gallery on Strivers' Row beckons with fashion, hats, jewelry, chocolates, and skincare, to name just a few.

 

A Very Merry Pop-Up 2019 by Nomad Bazaar

Sat, Dec 14 & Sun, Dec 15 noon-6pm

345 E 104th St between First and Second Aves

Dedicated to supporting indie brands from people of color, this roving market is coming to East Harlem for a two-day holiday pop-up event. There will be fashion, beauty, jewelry, food and more.  

 

Semple: Afterwork Holiday Bazaar

Tue, Dec 17 6pm-9pm

The Langston Hughes House, 20 E 127th St between Madison and Fifth Aves

The I, Too, Arts Collective, a local non-profit that runs various community arts programs, lost its lease and is closing at the end of the year, so here's your chance to step inside the 1869 brownstone where Langston Hughes lived for the last 20 years of his life, say goodbye to this uplifting organization, and do a bit of holiday shopping while you're at it.

 

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