9 places around Boston you can get into the vacation spirit (for free)
SoWa’s seasonal party is back with all kinds of freebies and goodies. Venture into a pine forest and browse over 150 food and art vendors inside the newly renovated powerhouse. Or write your creative Christmas wish at the Artist Loft office and join in for the chance to learn how to paint, take better photos, or make your own jewelry. The market is open every day until Sunday December 12. On weekends, it costs $ 5 to enter the powerhouse, and tickets are available online, but all other locations are free and open to the public throughout the festival. Hours vary. 530 Harrison Avenue, south end.
Harvard Square Holiday Fair
One of Boston’s oldest and most popular fairs brings together a mix of artisans from across the region and importers who travel the world. Taste “old Harvard Square” in this high-energy alternative market, now in its 35th season. The fair is open this weekend and next year – December 10-12 and December 17-19, and times vary. Free entry. 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge.
Snowport in the seaport
Boston’s seaport has been transformed into a winter vacation paradise, and this year it added a European-style open-air market that will feature more than 60 artists and vendors. The third annual Snowport runs through January 2 and features festive food, large-scale outdoor winter games, a Christmas wreath and tree market, as well as the Christmas tree and menorah. A canopy of over 2,000 twinkling lights and an interactive 30-foot “wish wall” will only add to the holiday spirit. 88, boul.
Christmas with grace: a neighborhood celebration
Watertown’s Christmas With Grace is an interactive experience of Christmas lights, music and festivities. The event for all ages takes place this Saturday, December 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features a live nativity scene, photo booth, Christmas music and gift-making station, as well as a dramatic read of ” A Christmas story ”. 525 Main Street, Watertown.
Lawrence Winter Art Walk and BIPOC Makers Holiday Market in Lynn
This weekend brings some free party deals for those a bit north of Boston. The Lawrence Winter Art Walk on Saturday, December 11, will feature open studios, gallery tours, live demonstrations, performances and other unique offerings that visitors can explore at various locations in downtown Lawrence. Participating organizations include 599 Studios, Ateneo Dominicano, SaludArte (hosted at Colectiva Wellness & Healing), El Taller Cafe & Bookstore, Elevated Thought, Essex Art Center, Lawrence Public Library and One Broadway Collaborative, according to the Lawrence Arts Collective Instagram. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday will also be the BIPOC Manufacturers Holiday Market at the Lynn Museum in Lynn. Do your small shopping from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and support the artisans and craftsmen of the BIPOC in the region. 590 Washington Street, Lynn.
Boston Women’s Day Market
For those south of the city, head to the Launch at Hingham Shipyard this weekend and support over 20 small businesses founded by women. The Boston Women’s Market will debut at this port destination on Saturday, December 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 18 Shipyard Drive in Hingham. Then, on Sundays December 12 and 19, the market will return to Boston for a pop-up at Charles River Speedway in Brighton from noon to 5 p.m. 525 Western Ave. in Brighton.
Sip and shop for the holidays at the Boston Harbor Distillery
If shopping is better with a cocktail in hand, head to the Boston Harbor Distillery this Sunday, December 12, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This event features a variety of vendors, a raffle, and live music with Haley Chic. The distillery is located at 12R Ericsson St.
Christmas in Boston at Faneuil Hall
With or without its large outdoor holiday tree, Faneuil Hall is always a place to get into the holiday spirit. With plenty of shops and food vendors, along with plenty of ornaments and seasonal decor, you won’t be short of reminders of this magical time of year. And Christmas in Boston, a store teeming with holiday ornaments and trinkets, is open daily at 4 South Market Building, Fanueil Hall Marketplace.