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Christmas Markets 2020-2021

Festive entertainment and plenty of gift ideas for the holidays

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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).

Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair (December 7, 2020, unconfirmed)

Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair takes place for one day by one of Boston's oldest and iconic churches. It features about 30 stalls selling creations by glassblowers, candle makers, jewelers, knitters, and woodworkers. Don't leave without trying a cup of hot mulled cider and some delicious Christmas foods in a historical setting.

Boston Christmas Festival (November 1–December 15, 2021, online)

Head to the Seaport World Trade Center for a great holiday shopping at the Boston Christmas Festival. Three days with 350 pop-up shops by American Artisans selling unique gifts in all price ranges. This award-winning show promises something for everyone.

North Shore Holiday Market (November 2020, dates TBA)

New England Open Markets proudly presents the North Shore Holiday Market in partnership with the City of Peabody. This shopping extravaganza features all sorts of handmade holiday crafts from over 60 local makers, designers, artists, and specialty food makers. The Market is held at the recently renovated Wiggin Auditorium in Peabody City Hall.

In the past few years, New England Open Markets hosted South Boston Holiday Market in mid-December in the Innovation and Design Building. It was a popular holiday shopping spot since many artisans displayed their works and socialized with customers. It attracted painters, sculptors, jewelry artists, and designers from all over New England.

Boston Winter Holiday Market (event no longer occurs)

The Boston Winter Holiday Market at City Plaza Government Center is the largest and most famous Christmas market in Boston. It opens the day before Thanksgiving and lasts until New Year’s Eve, attracting about 100,000 people every day with shopping, live entertainment, and delicious food. More than 80 decorated chalets offer handmade gifts and other holiday experiences. The Skating Path is one of the most popular attractions of the plaza and concerts and performances for people of all ages. The Boston Winter Holiday Market was canceled for 2018 due to construction in City Hall Plaza.