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Ring in the Holiday Season with These Craft Fairs & Artisan Markets 

click to enlarge After a virtual event in 2021, Basilica Farm & Flea returns  November 26-27
  • After a virtual event in 2021, Basilica Farm & Flea returns November 26-27

Gift-giving season is once again in full swing! If you’re stuck on what to get, these craft fairs can help you cross every name off your list while supporting the work of local makers. These artisan fairs are happening from now until mid-December, so whether you like to shop early, or want to wait a little bit longer, we’ve got you covered. With products ranging from craft spirits to barnwood signs, even soaps and artistic prints, there’s sure to be something for everyone–even your furry friends can enjoy some handmade toys! Many of the events have food vendors, live music, and visits with Santa Claus, so the whole family can join in on the festivities.

Christkindlmarkt | November 19-20

Welcome the holiday season with Christkindlmarkt, the annual Christmas festival designed to transport visitors to a traditional German holiday marketplace. Shop for gifts and snack on some classic German fare. Bratwurst, goulash soup, and German potato salad will be available, along with apple strudel, butter cookies, plain and marzipan stollen, and other baked goods. The event is hosted by Germania of Poughkeepsie, a historical society which has been organizing year-round events to preserve and teach people about German culture for over 170 years. Christkindlmarkt runs on November 19 from 4-8pm and November 20 from 10am-4pm. 37 Old DeGarmo Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Basilica Farm & Flea Open Air Holiday Market | November 26-27

After last year’s online event, the Basilica Farm & Flea Open Air Holiday Market is returning to Hudson. To allow for social distancing, 50 vendors will be spread throughout the historic Basilica factory building and its surrounding campus, selling vintage and handmade gifts along with farm goods. The vendor list is curated with the Hudson-based interior furnishings company LikeMindedObjects. Basilica Farm & Flea has been in operation since 2013, and offers an alternative to Black Friday shopping that supports Hudson Valley makers. Admission for the weekend-long event is $5, and children under 12 get in for free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, and entry times will be spaced apart. The market opens on November 26 and 27 from 10am-5pm.

Hudson Valley Art Market | November 26-28

click to enlarge Hudson Valley Art Market
  • Hudson Valley Art Market

Forget the Best Buy Black Market crowds, and spend Thanksgiving weekend shopping at the seventh annual Hudson Valley Art Market. The fair offers a range of fine art, handmade, and small-batch items from makers throughout the Hudson Valley. There’s potato vodka from 1857 Spirits, handwoven baskets made by Mary Ann Williams, glass home and garden decor from C. Groppe Glassworks, and ornaments from Stamped Thoughts. On November 27 and 28, poet Cathy Schmitz will be writing personalized poems onsite, creating a truly one of a kind gift. The market will be held at Poughkeepsie’s Locust Grove Estate. It runs on November 26 and 27 from 10am-5pm, and on November 28 from 10am-4pm.

Holiday Market at Bethel Woods Center | November 27-December 19

Happening in tandem with Peace, Love & Lights, Bethel Woods Center’s drive-through light show, the Holiday Market gives visitors a chance to get some holiday shopping done while enjoying the season’s festivities. This market, which runs from afternoon through nightfall, will feature different vendors every weekend. Shop cutting and charcuterie boards from Catskills Woodworks, paintings and barnwood signs from Creekside Art Co., and glass jewelry and homeware from RoseAnna’s Glass Art. In search of edible gift ideas? The market’s got you covered, with brews from Catskill Brewery, tomato sauce from Grandpa Pete’s Sunday Sauce, and maple syrup from Tree Juice Maple Syrup. The Holiday Market is open on November 27 and 28, and December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19, from 2-9pm.

St. Nicholas Bazaar | December 4

Get some holiday shopping done and satisfy your sweet tooth at Grace Espiscopal Church’s St. Nicholas Bazaar: Fine Crafts & Holiday Cookie Sale. Head over to Millbrook and shop for a variety of handmade goods. There’s silver jewelry, knitted wares, and even hand-painted step stools that are sure to please the youngest people on your list. There’s also soaps, lotions, and even some goods for the pets (or their owners). Holiday cookies, baked fresh at the church, will be sold by the pound. There’s an assortment of flavors, from sugar and gingerbread cutout cookies to more decadent varieties. Cookies can be purchased at the fair or ordered in advance for pickup. The St. Nicholas Bazaar runs on December 4 from 10am-2pm.

Greene’s Candy Cane Christmas Festival | December 4

Head over to Angelo Canna Town Park in Cairo for Greene’s Candy Cane Christmas Festival, which promises to turn the park into a scene straight out of a Christmas movie. Vendors from local small businesses will be in attendance, and baskets featuring Polaroid cameras and other tech items will be raffled off. Sip on a hot chocolate and stroll through the park, or grab a bite from one of the food trucks in attendance. Alcoholic beverages for the adults will be brought in from Coxsackie tavern The Cask and Rasher. Bring the kids, too–there’s an opportunity to write letters to and meet Santa Claus! All proceeds from the event will help support local families for the holiday season. The festival opens on December 4 from 1-7pm.

River Valley Guild Holiday Markets | December 4 and 11

The River Valley Guild, the Hudson Valley’s collective of artisans and other creatives, is hosting two holiday markets this year. On December 4, head over to The Parcel Flower Co. in Cold Spring, where over 20 artisans will be onsite, as well as musicians and a makeshift bar serving local wine, cider, and beer. The Yard in Beacon will host the Guild’s second market on December 11. Shop from about 30 Hudson Valley makers, including wellness brand Exalted Alchemy, infused Catskills honey from Phoenicia Honey, and casual styles from Seven Circles Clothing Co. If shopping has you hungry, grab a bite from Eat Church’s food truck, and enjoy live music that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit. River Valley Guild’s holiday markets are on December 4 and 11 from 12-7pm.

Made in Kingston Pop-Up Makers Market | December 4, 11, and 18

In conjunction with the Kingston’s Farmers Market, Made in Kingston will host 25 vendors for its second annual outdoor Pop-Up Makers Market. The event replaces the organization’s indoor event, and allows visitors to shop for goods from the city’s local makers al fresco, alongside their weekly farmers market haul. Founded in 2013, Made in Kingston has hosted events to support over 60 local artists. Past makers and products sold include prints (wearable and decorative) from Aurora Brush and Marissa Perez of Binnewater Prints, nature-themed ceramics from Dale Wolfield, and handmade beads and pendants from Indigo Handmade Beads. The market runs on December 4, 11, and 18 from 10am-2pm.

Hudson Valley Holistic Holiday Market | December 5

The sixth annual Holistic Holiday Market is back, bringing some of the area’s favorite wellness-focused vendors together again. Head over to Fishkill and shop for an array of products designed to improve overall wellness, including jewelry from P. Lily Designs, hemp skin care, fiber arisan bags, and paper goods from Hemp & Humanity, and lotions and bath bombs from Lucky Tree Soap Co. Hoping for a peek into the future? Michelle Lorenzo and others will be onsite performing psychic tarot card readings, Reiki, and other types of practices. A.R. Massage Therapy will also be offering massages, as well as gift cards for those looking to give their loved ones the gift of relaxation. Be sure to arrive early–the first 25 attendees get a free swag bag full of products. The market runs on December 5 from 10am-5pm.

Mid-Hudson Civic Center Holiday Craft Fair | December 18

The nonprofit organization Mid-Hudson Civic Center is hosting its annual Holiday Craft Fair, featuring goods made by Hudson Valley makers. Over 60 vendors will be selling their goods. Browse handmade fleece blankets, hair accessories, ceramic jewelry, and scented candles. There are even some options, like dog treats and rope toys, for the furry friends on your list. Admission to the fair is free to the public, and the event is on December 18 from 10am-4pm.

Saugerties Artisan Market | December 18-19

Saugerties artisan market
  • Saugerties artisan market

The former J.J. Newberry’s department store building will once again be filled with shoppers during this year’s third annual Saugerties Artisan Market. Master craftspeople and food vendors will be selling their homemade goods. Grab a coffee, and browse products from over 15 vendors. Past goods have included jewelry from Greenwood Designs, who will be back this year, as well as artwork by artists. The market runs on December 18 from 12-6pm and on December 19 from 12-5pm.

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