Alysia Gray Painter
The Farmers Market holidays kick off with caroling and activities on Thursday, Dec. 20.
There are exactly three places that are more Christmas-cute than Farmers Market (and the adjacent Grove) come December. They are: 1. Santa's North Pole workshop. 2. Any year-round store that sells tons of ornaments. 3. The inside of a snow globe.
But the quaint landmark at Third & Fairfax is a very close fourth. Why? Let's start with the fact that it feels Christmas-cozy all year long. You can get holiday-type treats there, including old-fashioned fudge, regardless of the season.
And when the yuletide itself arrives? The stall-lined market goes to town. Carolers in ye olde Victorian garb show up to warble. Doo wop and cowboy bands take the West Patio stage to summon the spirit. And kid-friendly shows and activities fill the clocktower-close Plaza.
This is all free, mind you, like Farmers Market is every single day. The food is not, but you've been there, right? The eating is inexpensive. Please. We can eat a delicious roasted yam and a good-sized piece of toffee for under a fiver. Yeah, we're bragging.
The dates for the Farmers Market Christmas shindig will run from Thursday, Dec. 20 through Monday, Dec. 24. Times will vary, so you'll want to plan ahead. Oh, and the mariachis arrive on Christmas Eve. We implore you to make a date for the mariachis, if you can. If you haven't ever heard mariachis inside Farmers Market, you need to do so immediately, and feel enriched.
Don't forget to pick up your toffee and wine, and hang around long enough to hear the clocktower play a carol at the top of the hour. It's special.