Santa Claus is coming to town this weekend at the LIC Flea & Food.
Father Christmas will be at the popular Long Island City flea market, which made its move to the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, starting this weekend and going through the rest of the season.
Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, there will be free pictures with Santa for all kids, and also those who are still children at heart.
The LIC Flea Holiday Market includes two floors of a mix of LIC Flea favorite vendors and new faces. There are also two special boutique spots in the inner building. Shoppers will be able to find something for everyone on their lists just in time for the holidays.
The market will also be filled with music this weekend with DJ Johnny Seriuss spinning tunes on Saturday and Dandy Wellington and His Band performing on Sunday.
The LIC Flea Beer Garden also remains open on the second floor of the warehouse. The beer garden offers wine and beer selections from local breweries SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company. Drink specials including $2 beer and $3 wine are available from 4 to 5 p.m.
Here are some vendors to check out the next time you visit the popular indoor Long Island City flea market.
1. Art on Post-it Notes
Jack Maiorino has been using Post-it Notes as his art medium for the past 10 years. He draws from photos that he takes of images and locations he has visited. He has been commissioned to do portraits, pets and homes. He also creates tattoo designs. This is his first season exhibiting at the LIC market.
2. Originals by Yarn Painting
Knitting became designer Kathleen Shanteau’s therapy while waiting through chemotherapy after her mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and after her mother’s passing. Felting led her on a journey of color, design and texture. Going green and converting material into awesome powerful colors and designs took her to what she calls her “Happy Place.” Doggie Shrugs were designed because her Morkies hated their legs in sweater sleeves. Now cozy in their shrugs, they hate to take them off!
3. Birdhouse Jewelry
Since 2005 Birdhouse Jewelry has offered on-trend, well-made jewelry at great prices ranging from $15 to $50. Pieces include USA state charm necklaces, initials, and lots of delicate, simple silver and gold jewelry. The jewelry is perfect for giving as a gift — every purchase comes with free, cute gift boxing. Free shipping includes giftwrap and tracking.
4. Cassey’s Cookies & Cobblers, LLC
Cassey’s Cookies & Cobblers LLC is based out of Long Island City’s Entrepreneur Space (E-space) kitchen located at 36-46 47th St. Established in August 2013, it was born of the proprietor’s lifelong love for baking. Cassey has been baking since she was 7 years old and has yet to put down the rolling pin. Those who have tasted the mouth-watering products on the ground floor know that her business will be around for a long time to come. America’s collective sweet tooth is in capable hands.