Boston Christmas Festival (Boston) :: Offering everything a holiday shopper could desire under one magnificent roof, the annual Christmas Festival features the distinctive work of over 300 master American craftsmen. Bargain hunters as well as those with extravagant tastes will find an endless array of gorgeous home accessories, designer fashions, artisan jewelry, handcrafted holiday décor, tempting gourmet speciality foods, and one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts. The Christmas Festival makes preparing for the holidays a breeze, with gifts for everyone and all the elements for stylish entertaining. For holiday decorating, the show offers many possibilities, from opulent brocade and tapestry Christmas stockings and wall hangings to old fashioned cranberry garland wreaths, musical angel figurines, whimsical holiday elves, gleaming seashell ornaments, collectible Santas, and colorful seasonal flags.
November 24–December 31
Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza (Boston) :: Open to the public seven days a week, “Boston Winter presented by Berkshire Bank,” will feature a mix of winter activities including a unique outdoor skating path and an expanded holiday shopping market with an array of hospitality experiences and attractions produced by Millennial Entertainment Group.
Lowell City of Lights (Lowell | 2–10 p.m.) :: Ring in the holidays in downtown Lowell with this year’s City of Lights parade and holiday celebration! Take the afternoon to stroll the city streets and enjoy live performances, holiday shopping, photos with Santa, and the crowd favorite — a hot chocolate competition! The daytime fun leads to the nighttime extravaganza — the City of Lights parade and city hall lighting — which marks the city’s official start to the holiday season!
Red Bow Fair (North Andover | 9 a.m.–3 p.m.) :: For over 25 years the Red Bow Fair has attracted large crowds of enthusiastic holiday shoppers. The fair includes a variety of juried crafts, a silent auction, holiday greens, gifts baskets, baked goods, quilt and wine drawings, used books and media, and the ever-popular luncheon.
Downtown Haverhill Christmas Stroll (Haverhill | 2–6 p.m.) :: This year’s event will start with a holiday hat parade. Businesses will host activities, including face painting, cookie decorating, and a visit to Santa’s workshop. The event will also include an opportunity to step into a life-size snow globe, a photo-op with some minions, and a holiday train ride! To promote the spirit of the season, wandering carolers and a saxophone quartet will perform holiday songs and music. And, of course, Santa will be on hand to light the Christmas tree!
Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair (Boston | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.) :: 30 New England artists will vend their unique offerings in the festively decorated chapel of historic Old South Church in Boston, located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. Shop pottery, jewelry, felted wool, stained glass, photography, knitwear, soaps and potpourris, weaving, metal and wood work, and much more! This year, find that one-of-a-kind holiday gift or stocking stuffer that’ll be sure to wow!
SOWA Holiday Market (Boston | 11 a.m.–6 p.m.) :: This year’s holiday market will feature the very best of New England’s independent designers, artists, and crafters. From the fashionably chic to the hip and cutting edge, shoppers are sure to find an original gift for everyone on their list. Expect to find an exceptional array of indie goods, including handbags, jewelry, pottery, letterpress stationery, silk-screened T-shirts, baby clothes, re-purposed wool accessories, and more! This handmade holiday spectacular will be held in the spacious and historic main building of the Benjamin Franklin Institute, located in the heart of Boston’s South End.
Wellesley Holiday Stroll (Wellesley | 1–6 p.m.) :: Wellesley Square’s holiday stroll brings fun events all day long for the entire family!
CraftBoston Holiday Show (Boston) :: Comprised of 175 exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is a highly regarded, must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. At the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay, CraftBoston Holiday is conveniently located in a fashionable, concentrated shopping district perfect for the holiday season. Come for the day to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, meet and support the makers, and learn about fine contemporary craft.