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Holiday markets in Boston

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

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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Best holiday markets in Boston

SoWa Winter Festival
Photograph: Courtesy SoWa Market

1. SoWa Winter Festival

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

Winter Revelry
Photograph: Caitlin Cunningham

2. Winter Revelry

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

CraftBoston Holiday
Photograph: Courtesy Society of Arts + Crafts

3. CraftBoston Holiday

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

Old South Church
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Dina S.

4. 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.
Dec 7, 10am-4pm, Gordon Chapel

First Church in Jamaica Plain
Photograph: Courtesy/First Church in Jamaica Plain

5. 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 7, 11am-5pm, First Church of JP, 6 Eliot St

Holiday markets
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6. North Shore Holiday Market

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

Time Out Market Boston
Photograph: Eva Sakellarides

7. Time Out Market Boston

Restaurants Fenway/Kenmore

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.


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