Winter Villages and Holiday Pop Ups are making the season bright. There are plenty to pick from. Some are here just for a weekend, others can be enjoyed the whole season long. Check out our five favorite holiday markets in Boston.
SoWa Winter Festival
The South End’s SoWa vintage market is a favorite all summer long. It returns once this winter bringing a true winter wonderland to the neighborhood. For a family-friendly weekend do not miss this amazing market and festival. As always there will be food trucks, local vendors and artist studios. This festival ominously promises, “We’ll even provide the snow if mother nature doesn’t”. Enjoy adult drinks like spiked cocoa and mulled wine under the twinkling lights strung everywhere. An ice sculptor will also be working on an ice sculpture. Browse the hundreds of stalls which are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Free, Friday, Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 460 + 500 Harrison Ave., Boston, sowaboston.com
Consider these other amazing holiday markets a little further afoot.
The Current Market
The Seaport is even hosting a holiday market in its constantly changing shopping village, the Current. The cube structures have a fresh coat of paint and vendors providing something for everyone on your list. In November this small shopping village premiered and will remain open through December 31.
Free, Seven days a week, Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 100 Seaport Boulevard, atthecurrent.com
Bow Market’s Etsy Makers of Boston fete is the perfect place to do some shopping for unique gifts and hard to shop for friends and family members. You will save on shipping, while supporting over 50 independent businesses. The Etsy makers will set up shop from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., while all of Bow Market’s usual draws will stay open until 8 p.m. Food and drink options are available! Stick around for the comedy club to make a night of it. If you can’t make it on November 30 but want to stick around Somerville, the 6th annual Union Square Holiday Market will take over Warehouse XI on December 13 and 14.
Free, Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, bowmarketsomerville.com
Harvard Square Holiday Fair
Visit St. Paul Parish, the historic brick church at Bow and Arrow streets to find new vendors each weekend.
Free, Dec. 7-8, Dec. 13-15, and Dec, 19-22, times vary, St. Paul’s Church Hall, 29 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, harvardsquareholidayfair.com
For a handcrafted holiday buy a weekend pass to the Society of Arts + Crafts fair. More than 100 artists from Massachusetts, New England, and across the country will bring their goods to the Hynes Convention Center. Discover handmade treasures and one of a kind gifts!
$12-15 for the entire weekend, Friday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, societyofcrafts.org