For unique gifts that will wow everyone on your holiday lists, hit up a Boston holiday market instead of the chain stores. Local makers and artisans set up shop at these seasonal markets, where you can browse for gifts and sample home made holiday treats. 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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Head to the South End for the biggest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston. The SoWa Winter Festival is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit and shopping for unique handmade gifts. More than 130 makers and food vendors from around the region participate. Sip winter cocktails, brews, and wines, and enjoy food trucks, ice sculpting, and holiday workshops.
December 6, 6pm-10pm; December 7, 10am-8pm; December 8, 10am-6pm
Shop the best of Boston and beyond at the Innovation and Design Building in the Seaport. Browse handmade home goods, ceramics, skincare, jewelry, and more, all from a select group of skilled artisans. There's also a DIY gift wrapping station, a popup tree farm, and a winter lounge featuring brews and wines from Aeronaut Brewing.
Dec 6-7, 11am-7pm
The Society of Arts + Crafts presents CraftBoston Holiday, a festive holiday craft fair at the Hynes Convention Center. Chat with the artists as you browse their unique handmade jewelry, textiles, clothing, ceramics, housewares, home decor and more.
Dec 13-15, Hynes Convention Center
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.
Dec 7, 10am-4pm, Gordon Chapel
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 7, 11am-5pm, First Church of JP, 6 Eliot St
More than 60 local artists and makers will offer their handmade wares in Peabody. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping local for unique gifts.
Nov 30, 11am-5pm, Peabody City Hall
Stop by Time Out Market for all your holiday foodie gift needs. Several of the vendors sell their own products, so you can take the gourmet experience home with you. There's also a nice selection of fine treats from Fastachi.