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Best holiday markets in Boston

Get into the spirit of giving and find gifts that are uniquely Boston at these local holiday markets

Written by
Tanya Edwards
Written by
Eric Grossman
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With supply chain issues hitting bigger stores, what better time than now to take your holiday shopping local? Rather than having to fight Black Friday crowds or navigate mall parking, these holiday markets will let you peruse an array of gifts made by artisans and creatives who live right here in your community. Support your neighbors and nearby small businesses during the holidays by heading to these spots and snagging presents that stand out from everything else under the tree! When you’re done, check out one the many Christmas events in Boston or get some more cheer from a Boston Christmas lights display.

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Best holiday markets in Boston

Boston Women's Market Holiday Shop
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1. Boston Women's Market Holiday Shop

The Boston Women's Market features one-of-a-kind gifts that empower women-founded businesses. At rotating locations around The Hub every Saturday and Sunday—including at Time Out Market Boston on December 4—you'll find artists making products of all kinds, including jewelry, home goods, clothing, ceramics and art.

Nov 12—Dec 19

Boston Seaport has been transformed once again into Snowport, a magical winter wonderland. Shop for gifts, play games, view festive art and encounter plenty of surprises. The market will feature over 100 small merchants selling unique art, jewelry, home goods, apparel and other gifts and crafts. You can also get yummy treats such as hot chocolate, freshly-made waffles and craft beer.

Nov 19—Jan 2

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This creative and collaborative hub in Somerville offers a year round local artisan shopping experience, along with delicious eats—but for the holiday season, they’ll also be featuring special events such as Black Friday sales, Small Business Saturday, a winter night market, holiday stroll and much more. Check their website for details about its full seasonal schedule.

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  • Art
  • Galleries
  • South End

As the city's premier artistic hub, 450 Harrison is a veritable hive of artistic activity in the back of the South End. Find the perfect gift on Sundays from 11am—4pm, when the city's coolest vintage market features a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of fashion, jewelry, art, furnishings and more.

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The Society of Arts + Crafts CraftBoston Holiday craft fair is a (currently) online only juried exhibition and sales of contemporary craft.You'll find unique handmade jewelry, textiles, clothing, ceramics, housewares, home decor and more. Be sure to browse the artists profile pages to find out more about their work and check out the calendar of events, which includes live craft demos from some of the artists.

Nov 12—Jan 30

Combining luxury holiday shopping with champagne will certainly put anyone in the holiday mood, and this event will feature both. Shop for items like Assoluine books to Baccarat crystal with the help of seasoned store manager, Thomas Lapan, at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Attendees will also be entered into a very special giveaway for the upcoming wine festival.

Nov 27 12pm—5pm

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  • Shopping
  • Grocery stores
  • Back Bay

This massive food and drink complex—which takes up a grand, multi-floor space in the Prudential Center—comes about as close to a European style holiday market as you'll find this year. Enjoy a stroll through the retail maze, stopping to look at surprisingly affordable luxuries from near (local cheesemakers) and far (every Italian product imaginable).

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