I’m dreaming of a green Christmas … With the holidays fast approaching, those looking for a greener take on the end-of-year celebrations should start their Yuletide preparations at a sustainable Christmas market. Local, regional, and – most of all – creative: for a truly peace-of-mind festive season.
Los Angeles: a pop-up holiday event
Regional delicacies, hand-knitted children’s wear, or the latest designer chair for mom’s kitchen – at Unique Market, gift seekers are easily spoilt for choice. More than 400 artists, designers, and up-and-coming brands make this L.A.-based event the largest pop-up holiday-themed market in the United States.
If you prefer to craft your own gifts for that elusive personal touch, there are plenty of workshops to up your DIY game, from handmade soaps to toys for the little ones. Stocking fillers, here we come!
Berlin: a plastic-free experience
A great draw for fans of the zero waste approach, Berlin’s Green Market has been a welcome alternative to conventional Christmas markets for the past three years. Whether tasty street food or handmade gifts: You can be sure that there is no plastic involved.
After fueling up on healthy treats, browse the latest collections by sustainable labels or find out more about vegan lifestyle trends and sustainable innovations at one of the talks held at the event. Or simply go with the flow and enjoy the entertainment on offer, ranging from DJs and bands to cooking demonstrations.
London: regional design to the rescue
At London’s Christmas Makers Market, vendors only sell goods that were handcrafted, handpainted, or handsown in the UK. Besides browsing the bustling market stalls, visitors can also get hands-on at one of the market’s creative workshops.
So, if you’re still looking for that bespoke gift, why not build a seasonal terrarium for plants? You’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind design – and the perfect present for nature lovers who haven’t quite found their own green thumb.
Vienna: organic to the core
In Vienna, lovers of romantic Old Town settings – and everything organic – flock to the eco-friendly Art Advent in front of St. Charles’ Church. This year marks the market’s first foray into becoming a so-called green event.
All aspects of the Art Advent, from food stalls and waste management to transport and travel, adhere to strict sustainability guidelines.
New York: making Central Park even greener
Handmade, sustainable, fair, and 100% eco-friendly: That’s the promise of the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Expect to find (almost) anything your heart desires: homemade chocolates, jewelry by new designers, or the latest offerings by sustainable fashion labels. The unbeatable backdrop does the rest: picturesque Central Park.
Trient: green Christmas and Alpine panorama
A sustainable Christmas in the South Tyrol Alps – can you imagine anything more picture-perfect to get you in the right holiday spirits? Now for the 24th time, the small Italian town of Trient hosts its annual green holiday market “Mercantino Green,” dedicated to getting all those small details just right. From recyclable shopping bags to green energy, everything in Trient is eco-friendly.
Oakland: thoughtful DIY gifts
At Oakland’s Urban Air Market, 140 local makers, artists, and designers offer their products, made and manufactured by themselves. So, if you’re still looking for a thoughtful treat for your eco-conscious friends or relatives, you’re bound to discover something they will cherish.
Those who prefer to make their own, can take advantage of a dedicated DIY day: More than 20 different stations invite tinkerers, woodworkers, paper artists, or needle crafters to make their gifts truly personal.