Orange County shines during the holiday season, doesn’t it? City streets are decorated, the trees bloom with lights, and everything seems just a bit more cheerful… even if there’s no real snow.
The holidays are fun, but they’re also a whirlwind of shopping, baking, planning, preparing… and did we mention shopping?
Yeah, shopping is pretty much inescapable during the holiday season. Gifts, decorations, food… you’re going to have to shop for it. Your usual retail store is a great resource during the holiday season, but it isn’t the only one out there. There are plenty of places that offer unique gift ideas, let you shop in nice communal spaces, and bring the excitement back to holiday shopping.
Yep. We’re talking about craft fairs.
It’s worth pointing out that craft fairs are the way to go if you’re a believer in the SoCal sustainable/local ethic. Shopping with a local crafter means that your purchase goes to directly support that person and their family, and you get to take home a one of a kind item that’s sure to please.
Holiday craft fairs aren’t just about shopping. They’re also a great way to spend an afternoon… listening to holiday music, browsing unusual gift ideas, chatting with nice folks, and even sampling unique foods from local food trucks or food vendors. And unlike most retail stores, most holiday craft fairs are dog-friendly (if your four-legged shopping buddy can handle the crowds).
During the holiday season, Orange County has craft fairs for everybody… from church-based holiday boutiques to cultural touchstones like Christkindlmarkt or massive holiday bazaars with over 100 vendors.
So what are you waiting for? Here’s our list of OC Holiday Craft Fairs so that you can go have fun while you get your shopping done!
- Dec. 1st 2019
- M3 Live Anaheim Event Center, 2232 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim CA
- A traditional German Christkindlmarkt at the German Cultural Center in Orange County. More than 40 arts and crafts vendors will be available for your shopping pleasure. If you’re looking to try traditional German food or have a need to shop where you can enjoy a beer garden, this is the craft fair you’ve been waiting for!
- Nov. 15th from 9 AM to 6 PM through Nov. 16th from 9 AM to 4 PM
- Brea Community Center, 695 Madison Way, Brea CA
- $2 admission fee (kids 12 and under are free), and all proceeds go to support the center’s youth and family programs.
- Over 250 vendors displaying handicrafts, holiday gifts, food and collectibles.
- Stop for lunch in Food Alley.
- Sorry, no strollers are allowed.
- Babysitting is available at $2.50/hour through Kidwatch.
- Thurs. Nov 7th through Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 AM – 5 PM
- OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Dr. Costa Mesa, CA.
- This craft fair specializes in handcrafted art, holiday crafts and accessories, including magical accessories for your garden.
- Sat. Nov. 16th at 9 AM
- Village Bible Church, 126 Buaro St., Garden Grove, CA
- Free admission and free parking.
- Over 40 vendors will be displaying their unique handmade items – woodcraft, jewelry, toys and more – and there’s live music from 11 AM to 2 PM. Every attendee gets a free raffle ticket, and raffles are called every 20 minutes. Hot lunch is available for purchase, and the youth group will even wash your car at their car wash fundraiser!
- Sat. Nov. 2nd from 9 AM – 3 PM
- Huntington Shorecliffs Mobile, 20701 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA
- The craft fair will be in the Main Clubhouse; enter via the Frankfurt entrance.
- Nov. 24th, 11 AM – 5 PM
- Old World Village, 7561 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
- A Swedish Christmas fair located in Huntington Beach, you’ll find handmade gifts, clothing, fun, baked goodies, and Glogg.
- Nov. 8th – Nov. 9th (Friday & Saturday)
- Irvine Fine Arts Center, 14321 Yale, Irvine CA
- More than 100 artists selling holiday decorations, handblown glass, ceramics, jewelry and more. Come for the holiday music, stay for the shopping!
- Nov. 23rd through Dec. 22nd from 10 AM to 7 PM
- 5 weekends only!
- Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA
- Over 180 artists and makers bring the Christmas spirit at the famous Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach. It’s as close as the OC can get to a winter wonderland, with falling snow, holiday photo-ops with Santa, Christmas lights, and magical live holiday music… and of course, amazing art.
- Admission fees do apply (adults – $8, seniors – $6, kids 6-12 years – $4, and kiddos under 5 are free). Active or retired military and three members of their family get in for free.
- Tickets are available at the box office at the front of the Festival but can be grabbed online and either mailed or emailed for your convenience.
- Nov. 1st and Sat. Nov. 2nd – 9 AM to 4 PM
- Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1855 N. Orange Olive Road, Orange CA
- This lovely church boutique focuses on holiday décor, quilts, handmade crafts, and tasty baked goods. Over 100 vendors are attending so you can get your unique holiday swag, and the entertainment offerings will keep you in the holiday spirit while you shop.
- Dec. 1, 2019 – 11 AM to 5 PM
- Downtown Santa Ana –ARTISTS VILLAGE – 2ND @ SYCAMORE
- This is a free biannual event held in Santa Ana with over 150 vendors selling art, crafts, small businesses, food and music vendors. Vendors are selected by jury to ensure quality. Entertainment and food trucks are strategically placed throughout the venue for shoppers’ convenience.
- Happens rain or shine.
- Sat. Dec. 7th through Mon. Dec 9th, 11 AM – 4 PM
- Chemers Gallery, 17300 17th Street, Tustin CA
- Shop for all kinds of art, from the wearable to the edible, at this holiday fair. Handcrafted jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, vegan chocolates, artisan roasted coffee, local honey, and more.
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Kelly Smith is a freelance writer living in Southern California with one dog, two cats, two guinea pigs… and the rest of her family. She writes about Orange County, faith, family, special needs and tea, and world-builds science fiction universes on the side. Find her at www.bluerosecopywriting.com.