Illustration of two people carrying Christmas shopping bags.
Illustration by Molly Oleson.

Harry Burns spent his 1988 holiday season sending long, wheedling voice mails to Sally Albright. I’ll be spending this holiday season rewatching Harry Burns send long, wheedling voicemails to Sally Albright. Here are some funner ways to spend the countdown to Christmas! 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Mercado de Artesania will happen at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2868 Mission St. (It will happen here again on Sat. Dec. 10.)

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4

Support “local manufacturing, independent craft, and environmentally responsible shopping” at Heath Ceramics’ Make Good Market. There’ll be 20 vendors, live demonstrations by ceramicists, a kids’ craft table and food and drink. The market runs on December 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets are free! 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Muni Diaries will have its annual market at 80 Albion Street from 12 to 4. Lots to buy from local artisans.

Courtesy of MuniDiaries.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Image from the Head West Marketplace website.

The HEAD WEST Holiday Market will be at the Ferry Building on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo from Zeigeist.

Zeitgeist will be hosting its annual Zeitmarkt on Saturday, Dec. 3 in its beer garden. There will be local artists with booths for you to shop while you sip on a beer. Added bonus: The hosts say they’re really getting into the holiday spirit this year and will be serving up some holiday desserts. The market will be running from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 199 Valencia St.

Thursday, Dec. 8

It’s time for Bernal Heights’ 12th annual Holiday Stroll. Come out and walk along Cortland Avenue and support local businesses while you listen to live music, enjoy a pop-up art show, and get some tasty treats.

The event is on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., but if it rains they may reschedule to Friday.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11

Galería de la Raza is hosting a Holiday Mercado in its new space, Studio 24 Education Annex. On their Instagram, they have been sharing a lineup of the artists and other vendors whose work will be featured at the market.

The market, held at 2779 Folsom St. Suite A, will be open both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 10 

Mercado de Artesania will happen at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2868 Mission St. (It will happen here again on Sat. Dec. 10.)

Saturday, Dec. 10 

Image from the La Cocina website.

Shop local handmade goods by BIPOC and woman artisans and Tenderloin organizations at La Cocina’s annual Holiday Market Fundraiser. There’ll be food and festive drinks from La Paloma Bar and Fluid Cooperative Cafe. There’ll also be kids crafts, a holiday photo booth, drag entertainment and face painting. The event is on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, 332 Golden Gate Ave. Tickets start at $25. 

Sunday, Dec. 11

Image from Milk SF

Milk SF will host a HoliGay Queer Market on Sunday, which judging by their Instagram page is sure to be full of delights. They’re known to have art, jewelry, accessories and trinkets galore. Go visit this little coffee shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 302 Valencia St.

Image from Harvey Milk Center for the Arts.

The Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, a part of Rec and Parks, will host a Holiday Craft fair where local artists will sell one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, and families can come do some crafting of their own. There may be free hot apple cider like last year, and a photo booth to commemorate the occasion. The event will be at 50 Scott St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo from De La City.

On that same Sunday, Dec. 11, you can head over to Merkado Mexican restaurant’s South Beach space for a Holidaze Market put on by De La City and Sauce Fam. They want you to soak in the Frisco nostalgia and get a little hyphy while you’re there — hosts promise vendors selling local streetwear, food and drinks, and a fashion show. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 130 Townsend St.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17th

Three opportunities to score some beautiful homemade holiday gifts and support local artists.

Dec. 16 7:30 to 10 p.m: Local artists will be auctioning one-of-a-kind creations to help Medicine For Nightmares pay rent and buy books. Entertainment thanks to David Boyce.

Dec. 17: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Horizons Unlimited’s The DJ Project’s: Cobijia Season Artist Mercado

A holiday artist market featuring youth and local artists from the Bay Area EvolvedSF. and others also participating.

Also on Dec. 17 is a Christmas night market at City Station, our favorite party lot at 18th and Valencia streets. From 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local vendors will be out and a DJ will be spinning. With Christmas just days away, there will also be an ornament-making booth for the kids. Check the host kpxsf’s Instagram page for upcoming details on the event.

Through Dec. 24

The Transmission Gallery’s emphasis this November is “art to live with.” If you’re looking for functional art, such as lighting and dishware, visit the gallery at 35 Bartlett St. The exhibition “Lamps and Other Useful Items” runs till Dec. 24. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

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  1. There will be holiday markets every Sunday starting Nov 27th and every Sunday up until Christmas at City Station, the community space in the Cherin’s lot 18th and Valencia in the Mission. All local vendors and a wide variety of vendors every Sunday, a great way to support local artists, makers and small business owners.

  2. The Bernal Business and Artist Alliance will be hosting our 12th annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday, December 8th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Come join us to support our local small businesses offering special treats, while listening to music performances and enjoy our new pop-up art gallery and book shop! A portion of proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center.

  3. On Sunday 12/11 from 11-4PM at the Harvey Milk Community Arts Center @ 50 Scott (near DuBoce dog park) there will be a Holiday Maker Fair. Free admission local artists, holiday gifts, art projects, apple cider and photo booth. Also on Saturday 11/26 from Noon until 3PM at Finnegan’s Wake in Cole Valley (937 Cole Street) there will be a maker holiday pop up with art, ceramics, handmade holiday gifts, wreaths and other goodies. Both are wonderful and good fun!