This time of year, holiday markets are springing up all around the greater Boston area, from church fairs to school bazaars to high-end artist markets. We’ve highlighted ten fun finds that feature the handiwork of artisans from both near and far. Many have extras like like food and live entertainment, and some even have Santa on hand for sharing holiday wishes!
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Castleberry Faire - Topsfield & Wilmington
Fri 11/11/2016-Sun 11/13/2016
Adults $7; Children (under 12) free
Choose from plenty of gifts, accessories, decorative items, arts and crafts from local and regional artisans at Castleberry Faire in Topsfield, Wilmington, and new location Hanover.
Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair - Wenham
Fri 11/18/2016-Sat 11/19/2016
Fair admission: Free; Museum visits: regular admission applies
The museum's annual holiday event, Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair, features the North Shore's best artisans offering one-of-a-kind gifts.
Dickens Festival and Holiday Craft Fair - Braintree
Visit the Dickens Festival and Holiday Craft Fair for some old-fashioned holiday spirit to start off the holiday season. Features Christmas Carolers, Father Christmas, and a Sweet Shop, with fudge that always sells out early.
Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair - Copley Square
Thirty New England artists vend their unique offerings in pottery, knits, photography, fine art, jewelry, blown glass, beeswax candles, turned wood, and more at the Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair in Copley Square. Families can enjoy Christmas greens and the scent of hot mulled cider in the air.
Holiday Fair at the Waldorf School - Lexington
Welcome in the spirit of the season at the annual Holiday Fair at the Waldorf School. Enjoyment for all includes a marionette show, crafts for young children, live music, and dozens of artisan vendors who sell unique hand-made items for holiday gift shopping.
JP Crafts Fair - Jamaica Plain
Find your favorite local and Etsy artists and crafters at the JP Crafts Fair. Live music plays while you browse, and lunch is available for purchase.
Craftboston Holiday Show - Boston
Fri 12/2/2016 - Sun 12/4/2016
Adults $15; Children (12 & under) free
At Craftboston Holiday Show artists showcase one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.
Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair - Cambridge
Opens Sat 12/10/2016
The juried craft fair includes a mix of items from New England craftspeople and world-traveling importers.
Cultural Survival Bazaar - Cambridge & Boston
Fri 12/10 - Sun 12/18
The Cultural Survival Bazaar series features works by Indigenous artists and offers cultural performances, which include live music from around the world, Native American storytelling, cultural presentations, craft-making demonstrations, and short films. Bazaars take place at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School and the Shops at Prudential Center.
SOWA Holiday Market - Boston
Sat 12/10/2016 - Sun 12/11/2016
Adults $5; Children (under 12) free
This year's SOWA Holiday Market features New England independent designers, artists and crafters. Shoppers can find an exceptional array of indie goods, including: handbags, jewelry, pottery, letterpress stationery, silk-screened t-shirts, baby clothes, re-purposed wool accessories and more.
Photo courtesy of SoWa Holiday Market.
Post originally published November 2012; updated November 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016