Holiday markets in Boston

Shop the city's best holiday markets and pop-up shops to find gifts for everyone on your Christmas and Hanukkah lists
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By Gerrish Lopez |

Instead of shopping for mass-produced, department store gifts this year, do your holiday shopping at any or all of the great holiday markets and popups around Boston. Browse local makers and artisans at these seasonal markets for unique, impressive gifts. In addition to handmade items, these markets feature seasonal music, drinks, and food for a festive atmosphere while you shop. When you’re done, get in the spirit with one of the many Christmas events in Boston, or unwind with a drink at one of Boston’s best bars.

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Best holiday markets in Boston

SoWa Open Market
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Maker Marketplace at the SoWa Power Station

As part of the SoWa Winter Festival held over two weekends, the SoWa Power Station hosts more than 100 makers and food vendors from around the region for holiday shopping. Enjoy winter cocktails, seasonal craft brews, and other warming treats as you shop for unique holiday gifts.
Nov 30, 5pm-9pm; Dec 1, 11am-7pm; Dec 2 11am-5pm; Dec 7, 5pm-9pm; Dec 8, 11am-7pm; Dec 9 11am-5pm

Boston Public Market
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Shopping, Markets and fairs

Holiday Cr[eat]or Market at Boston Public Market

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Every Saturday and Sunday during the holidays, starting on Small Business Saturday, Boston Public Market will host pop-up artisans selling specialty foods, artwork, jewelry, and home goods. Thirty vendors from around New England have been invited to sell their wares alongside the year-round vendors in the market. Find unique gifts like handmade leather goods, local preserves, small-batch chocolates, whimsical glassworks, hand-printed towels, and more. 
Nov 24-Dec 23, Saturdays and Sundays

Downtown Holiday Market
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Downtown Boston Holiday Market

Head to Downtown Crossing for this popular holiday pop-up market. Browse local vendors and their wares, including jewelry, woodcarvings, metal sculptures, food, candles, clothing, holiday goods, and more. The market is open 7 days a week.
Nov 23—Jan 6, 11am-7pm, 467 Washington St 

The Hawthorne
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Bars, Cocktail bars

Holiday Pop-up Market at The Hawthorne

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Why not have a cocktail or two while shopping for holiday gifts? Head to The Hawthorne, the swanky lounge in the Hotel Commonwealth, to browse the wares of local vendors. Light bites and seasonal cocktails will be available. 
Dec 3 and 10

Old South Church
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Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair

Visit the Old South Church in Copley Square for their annual holiday market where you can shop from New England artists for handmade gifts. Sip hot mulled cider while you browse pottery, photography, fine art, jewelry, blown glass, beeswax candles, knitted items, turned wood, and more. Stick around for the late afternoon Old South Ringers Christmas Concert.
Dec 1, 10am-4pm, Gordon Chapel 

First Church in Jamaica Plain
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JP Holiday Crafts Fair

Twice a year, fabulous regional craftspeople gather in Jamaica Plain to sell their wares. The Holiday edition of the Crafts Fair is the perfect place to shop for your holiday gifts. Find glassworks, t-shirts, soaps, candles, paintings, and any other handmade crafts you can think of. There’s food and music too.
Dec 1, 11am-5pm, First Church of JP, 6 Eliot St