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 10 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! Take this opportunity to get into the holiday spirit; and find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones, too.
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Castleberry Fair – Topsfield, Wilmington & Hanover
Fri 11/10/2017-Sun 11/12/2017 (Topsfield)
Fri 11/24/17-Sun 11/24/17 (Wilmington)
Sat 12/2/2017-Sun 12/3/2017 (Hanover)
Adults $7; Children (under 14) 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 11/17/2017-Sat 11/18/2017Fair admission: Free; Museum visits: regular admission applies
The museum's annual holiday event, Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair
at the Wenham Museum, features the North Shore's best artisans offering one-of-a-kind gifts.
Dickens Festival and Holiday Craft Fair - Braintree
Sat 11/18/2017Free admission
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.
Enjoy delicious homemade food and beautiful handmade gifts at the Waldorf School of Lexington Holiday Fair. Photo courtesy of the Waldorf School of Lexington.
Holiday Fair at the Waldorf School of Lexington
Welcome in the spirit of the season at the annual Holiday Fair at the Waldorf School of Lexington. 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
Sat 12/2/2016Free admission
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.
SOWA Holiday Market - Boston
Sat 12/2/2017 - Sun 12/3/2017Adults $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.
Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair - Cambridge
Opens Sat 12/9/2017Free admission
The juried craft fair
includes a mix of items from New England craftspeople and world-traveling importers.
Cultural Survival Bazaar - Cambridge & Boston
Sat 12/9/2017 - Sun 12/10/2017 (Cambridge)
Sat 12/16/2017-Sun 12/17/2017 (Boston)Free admission
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
Craftboston Holiday Show - Boston
Fri 12/15/2017 - Sun 12/17/2017Adults $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.
Post originally published November 2012; updated November 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
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