Shop Local this Season at Holiday Markets

‘Tis the season for shopping and with so many markets coming up, it’s easy to keep your dollars local during the holidays. Somerville is home to hundreds of artists, crafters, inventors, designers and makers and many of them will be showcasing their work at a variety of markets in the upcoming weeks. So show some local love and shop Somerville! Here’s where you can find locally and regionally made goods to give as gifts (or treat yourself to) this holiday season.

Vintage Market Outside

Local is for Lovers: Holiday Markets 2013
Somerville Local First is putting on two holiday markets this season at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). The first Local is for Lovers Market is on Saturday, November 30 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the second is on Sunday, December 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop a variety of vendors selling everything from letterpress prints to handcrafted soap, listen to live music and snap a picture in the photo booth at these free events. Knucklebones will be on hand with a big play space so parents can shop kid-free.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
The 23rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair takes place at the Somerville High School Fieldhouse (81 Highland Ave.) on Saturday, November 30 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event features more than 100 handmade craft vendors, both holiday-related and otherwise. The free event also has free parking, hourly raffles, live music and lunch food available. The Holiday Craft Fair benefits the Somerville High School Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country and Track teams.

Saturday Local Artist Market
The Saturday Local Artist Market is giving you four opportunities to shop this holiday season, starting on Saturday, November 30 and continuing every Saturday until Christmas. Shop jewelry, photography, sculpture and more at the markets, which take place at the Burren (247 Elm St.) from noon-4 p.m. There will be a $5 lunch special during the events.

Vintage Market Snowmen

Relish Merry Makers Holiday Marketplace
Relish Center for Urban Agriculture (Sanborn Court, Union Square) is opening its doors every Thursday in December from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for holiday mini-markets. Local craftspeople will be on hand selling their goods, like handmade candles and fermentation crocks, at these free events. Stop by to shop and sip warm cider.

West Somerville Neighborhood School Craft and Vendor Night
Shop more than 40 vendors at the West Somerville Neighborhood School (177 Powder House Blvd.) on Friday, December 6 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Affordable gifts for all ages, from jams and jellies to kitchen tools, will be available at this event. Free admission and parking.

Holiday Arts & Eats at Assembly Row
Come to Assembly Row for Holiday Arts & Eats, a three-day festival featuring more than 20 food trucks and more than 60 local Etsy artists. Kick things off on Friday, December 6 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. with a 21-plus event, Arts & Eats After Dark, featuring beer and hot wine, live music and a sneak peek at the goods for sale at the market. Tickets are $10 with additional costs for food and drinks. Festivities on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 run from noon-6 p.m. and include shopping, a visit from Santa and cookie decorating. Serious shoppers can get into the Saturday and Sunday events from 11 a.m.-noon with a VIP ticket ($15). Regular admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults, kids younger than 12 get in free and there is free parking at the event.

Vintage Market Tree

Union Square Winter Craft Market 2013
Union Square plays host to a Winter Craft Market on Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors will be set up inside the Precinct (66-70 Union Square) and on the plaza. Shop jewelry, art, handmade soap and holiday decor at this festive event.

The Davis Flea Holiday Vintage Market
Back by popular demand and bigger than ever, The Davis Flea brings its Holiday Vintage Market to the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The goods for sale at the markets will reflect the Flea’s focus on four goals: Reclaim, Repurpose, Rediscover and Reconnect, ensuring that you just never know what you’ll find.

With so many holiday markets coming up, it’s easy to support the local economy with your seasonal purchases. So show some Somerville love as you find gifts for everyone on your list!

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