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Best holiday markets in Boston 2020

Shop Boston's best holiday markets and pop-ups to find unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas and Hanukkah lists

By Time Out Boston Staff and Eric Grossman
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Depending on how you look at it, holiday shopping this year could end up being a breeze. No need to brave the crowds and lack of parking to shop for gifts. You can still find unique, locally-made gifts from Boston makers at a handful of virtual holiday markets. There are a few in-person markets too. Whichever you choose, be sure to shop local this holiday season. When you’re done, check out one the many Christmas events in Boston or get some holiday cheer from a Boston Christmas lights display.

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Best holiday markets in Boston

CraftBoston
Photograph: Courtesy CraftBoston/Andrew Iannazzi

1. CraftBoston Holiday

The Society of Arts + Crafts takes the CraftBoston Holiday craft fair online this year. 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 that includes live, 20 minute craft demos from some of the artists.
Nov 12 - Dec 31

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

The Boston Women's Market is going virtual this year. The market features one-of-a-kind gifts that empower women-founded businesses. You'll find artists making products of all kinds, including jewelry, home goods, clothing, ceramics, and art.

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Snowport at the Boston Seaport
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3. Snowport at the Seaport

This holiday season, the Boston Seaport has been transformed into Snowport, a magical winter wonderland. Shop for gifts, play games, view festive art and encounter plenty of surprises. Stroll the Winter Wonder Walk and keep an eye out for Betty the Yeti.

Harvard Square Holiday Fair
Photograph: Courtesy Harvard Square Holiday Fair/Jamie Guggina

4. Harvard Square Holiday Fair

One of the area's most beloved holiday markets has gone virtual this year. Shop from the same funky eclectic vendors that normally flock to Harvard Square to sell their wares. Find prints, clothing, wood carvings, bags, jewelry, and more.

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SoWa Artists Guild, Museums and galleries, Boston
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5. SoWa Vintage Market

Art Galleries South End

As the city's premier artistic hub, the 450 Harrison building 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.

eataly boston
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6. Eataly Boston

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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Allston Zone 3
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7. Zone 3 Window Shopping in Allston

“Shop small, shop safe” is the name of the game for Zone 3’s Window Shopping experience which aims to spark joy and support local makers and artists in the Boston community this winter. Zone 3 will take its successful Pop-Up Artist Shop to the streets, installing a series of curated displays in five empty storefront windows in Allston and Harvard Square that will feature merchandise from more than 40 artists. The route will lead visitors on a unique and socially distanced shopping experience with stops along the Western Ave corridor and then across the river in Harvard Square. The displays will be up from December to January. Each stop will showcase artist-made products unique to each location, with the overarching theme of joy found in every display. Shoppers will be able to order their artist made goods on the spot by using QR codes found in the window displays. Purchases made through the program go directly to the individual artists’ website and artists keep 100% of the revenue. The hub of Zone 3 activity is the cluster of buildings at 267 Western Ave in Allston.

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Boston Christmas
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Christmas in Boston

Things to do

This holiday season will look unlike any other, but still, after all, it’s that time of the year when we stay in with the family — or book in at one of the best restaurants in Boston for a feast prepared by someone else—more on that below. Looking for things to do in Boston over the holidays, as well as places to eat and play? We’ve got you covered.

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