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New England Christmas Festival 2021

A holiday tradition for superb gift shopping

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

New England Christmas Festival or Boston Christmas Festival is New England's largest arts and crafts show supporting American artisans and farmers. The event annually hosts over 350 pop-up boutiques featuring various arts and crafts stalls and Farmers Market full of fresh and delicious products.

At New England Christmas Festival, you'll find plenty of holiday decorations, stunning lights, contemporary pottery, sheepskin slippers, Santa figures, photographs, wood inlay tables, and blown glass penguins. Meanwhile Farmers Market won't leave you hungry with vendors offering oatcakes, truffles, caramels, maple syrup, fortune cookies, elephant cookies, and lava cakes.

Exciting competitions are also part of the program. The top pastry chefs create amazing works for the Gingerbread House competition. The pastries replicate landmarks like Fenway Park, The State House, the North end, The Leonard Zakim Bridge, Dr. Seuss’ Whoville, and Santa’s workshop in the North Pole.

Where & when

The festival used to be held every November at Seaport World Trade Center in Boston until 2020 when the event was transformed into an experimental online market due to the pandemic. The 2021 edition is scheduled to take place in early November at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut. The new location is around 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Boston.

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