Christmas arrives at Boston with the traditional Boston Christmas tree lighting events, which take place in early December. But the spirit of the holiday is felt throughout the season at festive fairs, popping up all across the city.
The Holiday Market at Snowport (November 19, 2021–January 2, 2022)
One of the most charming and longest winter fairs in Boston is nestled at the heart of the Seaport neighborhood. The Holiday Market at Snowport takes place between late November and early January. It features more than a hundred small businesses, selling gifts, crafts, and finger-licking goodies, such as craft brews, hot chocolate, and waffles. Besides, you can reserve a dinner at one of local restaurants to complete your visit to the Boston's Seaport.
Harvard Square Holiday Fair (December 10–12, 17–19, 2021)
The oldest Christmas market in the area is held in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Harvard Square's Holiday Fairs have been going on for over three decades. This market spans over two weekends in mid-December, gathering selected vendors from all over New England and beyond. In addition to all kinds of handmade gifts and crafted knick-knacks, here you can find some special goods like LED-lit jewelry, artisan chocolates, olives and olive oil from Greece, and West African crafts.
SoWa Winter Festival & Holiday Market (December 3–12, 2021)
Another great Christmas market takes place in and around SoWa Power Station on Harrison Ave. The annual SoWa Winter Festival offers ten days of excellent holiday shopping, Christmas lights, and seasonal treats. From Friday to Sunday, you need to buy tickets, while from Monday to Thursday, you can enter for free.
Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair (December 4, 2021)
Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair takes place for one day by one of Boston's oldest and most 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 Winter Holiday Market (canceled in 2021 due to constructions)
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.
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