During the holiday season, Boston and its surrounding areas are peppered with holiday markets and seasonal stores that help revelers celebrate. Everything from quaint country churches to science centers open their doors to let local artisans and farmers offer their seasonal wares. Families can drink cocoa, visit Santa, buy new decorations, get some of the best fudge for miles and see some fantastic holiday displays. Join in the caroling and enjoy the festivities.
The Christmas Place
1500 Bedford St.
Abington, MA 02351
The Christmas Place is a seasonal shop that opens up in November to service the area through the holiday season. When guests first arrive, they will notice a long window display that typically features fantastic miniature villages with minute details kids and adults will love. The store is filled to the brim with Christmas trees and decorations from ornaments to village pieces. Usually toward the back, though he could be anywhere, Santa is waiting for families to come get their pictures taken. There is also a treat shop with hot beverages and fudge that locals go out of their way to purchase annually.
Christmas Festival Of Lights
5 Pine St.
Carver, MA 02330
Date: Through Jan. 1, 2015
Edaville, USA is a train attraction that is quite popular in the area around Christmas. Its Festival of Lights turns the venue into a Christmas village, complete with shopping, Santa and a quaint train ride through the lights. The event is mostly about Christmas displays, of which there are thousands. However, the Gift Shop provides some excellent Christmas gift ideas and souvenirs for the family. It is located at Cran Junction, the main building at Edaville.
Derby Street Shoppes Celebration
92-98 Derby St.
Hingham, MA 02043
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays in Dec., 2014
The Derby Street Shoppes are a collection of chain and local stores arranged in a shopping center. Speakers are placed outside the shops, so it is a nice place to visit and listen to soothing music any time of year. At Christmas time, the place lights up and Christmas carolers come to sing to visitors. Mr & Mrs. Claus stop by for pictures and hayrides are offered through the square. Families can enjoy this revelry and get everything from grocery to stocking shopping done at the same time.
Cultural Survival Bazaar
The Shops at Prudential Center
800 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
Date: Dec. 19-21, 2014
The Shops at the Prudential Center is hosting one of Boston’s most diverse Christmas markets. Weavers, painters, performers and various artists sell their wares each day for three days straight. The food court will also host Ecuadorian music on Saturday and Sunday, so guests can shop and enjoy some musical culture. All of the usual goods will also be available, making it easy to finish a lot of Christmas shopping for people with different tastes in one excursion.
Boston Holiday Market
Summer Street Plaza
Summer St. & Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108
Date: Every day over the holiday season
The Summer Street Arts Market goes holiday over the Christmas season every day during normal business hours. Shoppers can find handmade and arts goods for everyone on their shopping list at this market. Moreover, every week means new artisans, so there is something new to shop even after visiting the previous week. Everything from wood carvings to metal sculptures are up for sale, allowing everyone to get something memorable, fun, charming or even a bit weird for Christmas this year.
Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.