The 2014 Guide to Somerville’s Holiday Markets & Open Studios

The holiday shopping season is upon us and with markets and open studios starting up this weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to shop local this year. These events are teeming with unique and handcrafted items that make great gifts for everyone on your list. And in addition to finding the perfect present, you’re supporting the local economy by ensuring your money stays in Somerville!

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Holiday Markets

Argenziano Craft Fair: Come to to Argenziano School’s (290 Washington St.) Craft Fair on Friday, December 12 from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. to shop one-of-a-kind jewelry, ornaments, scarves and more. Shoppers can also take a chance on raffles, purchase pizza and drinks, and kids can create their own cards for free at the Crafts and Cocoa tables. Money raised from the fair goes toward funding field trips, enrichment and supplies not covered by the school budget.

Davis Square Midnight Madness: This isn’t a market, strictly speaking, but Davis Square Midnight Madness is a great way to shop local this holiday season. It takes place on December 4 from 6 p.m.-midnight and includes special opportunities to shop at Davis Square retailers and support the Somerville Homeless Coalition by ordering the Curtatone Cocktail at Spoke Wine Bar, shopping the Wrap Around Sale in Statue Park or donating warm clothing or canned goods at Thalia Tringo & Assoc. Real Estate. Head over after the 5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting at City Hall.

Fourth Annual Gather Here Holiday Market: The Uniun (11 Sanborn Court) is hosting the Fourth Annual Gather Here Holiday Market on Saturday, December 20 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. You’ll find New England artisans and craftspeople selling their wares, a DJ spinning tunes, Black Magic Coffee and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese. Admission is $2, but kids under 12 get in free.

Harvard Book Store Winter Warehouse Sale: Harvard Book Store may be in Cambridge, but the store’s warehouse is located at 14 Park St. in Somerville. You can shop used, remaindered and collectible books at the Winter Warehouse Sale on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair: Come to the Somerville High School Field House (81 Highland Ave.) on Saturday, November 29 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. 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. The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair benefits the Somerville High School Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country and Track Teams.

Local is for Lovers: Somerville Local First is hosting two Local is for Lovers holiday markets this season that will both feature lots of crafty vendors, local businesses doing demonstrations, music, activities for kids and much more. Shop for free at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Sunday, November 30 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

SLF holiday greeting

Happy holidays from Somerville Local First! From left to right, Ward 5 Online’s Courtney O’Keefe, SLF Board President Jen Lawrence, yours truly and SLF’s Executive Director Kat Rutkin.

The Somerville Flea Holiday Market: The Somerville Flea is bringing its popular market to the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Sunday, December 7 and Sunday, December 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop the Holiday Flea for antiques, vintage and other unique items.

Saturday Local Artist Market: The Saturday Local Artist Market is giving you four opportunities to shop this holiday season, starting on Saturday, November 29 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.

Taza Chocolate Holiday Open House: Taza Chocolate is hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. where you can tour the factory (by reservation), sample Counter Culture Coffee and MEM Tea and enjoy Taza’s hot chocolate bar. Plus shop local vendors, enjoy live entertainment and snag giveaways and enter to win raffle prizes.

The Uniun Pop-Up Holiday Market: Shop more than 20 local artists and crafts people at The Uniun Pop-Up Holiday Market. The free event takes place at 11 Sanborn Court in Union Square on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. You’ll find jewelry, home goods, pottery, soap and much more at the market.

West Somerville Neighborhood School Holiday Vendor and Craft Night: Shop more than 40 vendors at the West Somerville Neighborhood School (177 Powder House Blvd.) on Friday, December 5 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Affordable gifts for all ages, from stocking stuffers to handcrafted items, will be available at this event. Free admission and parking.

Wintergreen Market: The folks behind Herbstalk are bringing a Wintergreen Market to the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Saturday, November 29 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop vendors and attend holiday-inspired educational demonstrations at the free market.

Wrap Around Sale: The Nave Gallery (155 Powder House Blvd.) is again hosting the Wrap Around Sale to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Shop knitted, crocheted and sewn goods on the first two Saturdays and Sundays in December from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Last year the Nave raised $3,000 from the sale and hopes to raise even more in 2014.

Vernon Suzanne

Open Studios

Artisan’s Asylum Winter Open Studios: Artisan’s Asylum (10 Tyler St.) hosts its Winter Open Studios on Saturday, December 6 from noon-6 p.m. and on Sunday, December 7 from noon-4 p.m. Stop by to check out the work being created at this unique makerspace.

Mudflat Open Studio and Pottery Sale: East Somerville’s Mudflat Studio (81 Broadway) is hosting an Open Studio and Pottery Sale from December 5-December 14 where you can explore the work of nearly 100 artists and shop for handmade gifts. A portion of proceeds from the sale, the Mudflat Scholarship Raffle and Building Fund donations benefit Mudflat. Admission is free and the event is wheelchair accessible.

Vernon Street Open Studios: Vernon Street Studios (6 and 20 Vernon St.) is opening its doors on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7 from noon-6 p.m. The Open Studios will showcase the work of more than 70 artists in mediums as varied as photography, jewelry making, painting, graphic design, sculpting and more. Vernon Street is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and also has a special show at the Somerville Museum that you can see through December 20.

P.S. Looking to really get in the holiday spirit? Find more seasonal events, like The Slutcracker, which I wrote about earlier this week, on our calendar. And stay tuned for a special post on Monday about how you can give back to local nonprofits this holiday season!

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