Let the countdown begin.
Christmas is less than two weeks away, and despite your 2018 New Year’s resolution to stop procrastinating, presents are still amorphous concepts. Internal panic lights flashing red, you wonder if you’ll have to resort to a gas station bought bouquet, stack of mags or pack of cigs — even though your sweetie doesn’t smoke.
But relax, and suck on a candy cane. Here are five holiday markets that will save your caboose from the dog house.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
Support your local scene this holiday season. Comprised of more than 40 vendor tents, each topped with Herrnhut Stars, you will be sure to find that special holiday gift for that special someone. | Nov. 17-Jan. 1. Sunday-Thursday: 11am – 7pm. Friday-Saturday: 11 am-8 pm. Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St. Free admission. centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/market
If you need to trick yourself into holiday shopping, what better place to deceive yourself than the Christmas Village? Treat yourself with some hot cocoa, beer or mulled wine as you go by 80+ vendors housed in wooden huts. Something is bound to catch your eye while you’re snacking on delicious European eats.| Running through Dec. 24. Sun.-Thur.: 11am-7pm. Fri.-Sat.: 11am-8pm. Pay as you go. LOVE Park, 1500 Arch St. philachristmas.com/
Winter Punk Rock Flea Market
If your loved ones are hardcore punk rockers then look no further than the Winter Punk Rock Flea Market at Bok. The market will be filled with hundreds of insanely cool vendors selling clothes, records, crafts, arts and more. If you’re already looking for excuses to prolong the shopping inevitable, don’t count on needing to stay home with the dog. Fido is welcomed too — on a leash of course! | Dec. 14: 4-10pm Dec. 16: 10am-5pm. $5 at the door, kids 12 and under are free. Bok Building (Boys & Girls Gyms and Hallway), 1901 S. 9th St. phillyprfm.com
Fishtown Flea Holiday Market at La Colombe
If shopping gets you overwhelmed, but you still rather help your local scene than hop onto Amazon for some two-day shipping action then Fishtown Flea Holiday Market has got you covered. Highlighting quality over quantity, this market has 10+ local vendors. Among many craft items, shop for candles, jewelry, apparel and ceramics. | Dec. 15. 5-8pm. Free admission. La Colombe Coffee Roasters, 1335 Frankford Ave. fishtownflea.us
Holiday Art Star Pop Up Market
Peruse 30 vendors of local makers and shakers at this curated market. Showcasing a variety of goods, you’ll be able to check everyone off your holiday list. Think you and your special someone are ready for the responsibility of a plant baby this holiday season? Then visit City Planter and make your own terrarium. Shopping nerves on blast? Calm down with the best stress reliever, chocolate at the Shane Confectionery stand which will also be doing day-long demonstrations of how they make their clear toy candy. Once you do find those long-sought for presents, get them wrapped by the Gift Wrapping Station elves with proceeds benefiting MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance). | Dec. 15: 11am-8pm. Dec. 16: 11am-4pm. Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com/events/art-start-holiday-market