The gifting season is in full swing again! If you’re unsure of what to buy, these craft fairs can help you cross all the names off your list while supporting the work of local manufacturers. These craft fairs are happening by mid-December, so whether you like to shop early or want to wait a little longer, we’ve got you covered. With products ranging from handcrafted spirits and barn wood signs, soaps and artistic prints, there is something for everyone – even your furry friends can enjoy handmade toys! Many events have food vendors, live music, and tours with Santa, so the whole family can join in 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 market. Shop for freebies and snacks on some classic German dishes. Bratwurst, goulash soup and German potato salad will be available, along with apple strudel, butter cookies, plain marzipan stollen and other baked goods. The event is hosted by Germania of Poughkeepsie, a historical society that has been running events all year round to preserve and teach people about German culture for over 170 years. Christkindlmarkt takes place on November 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on November 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 37 Old DeGarmo Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Basilica Farm and Outdoor Flea Holiday Market | November 26-27
Following last year’s online event, the Basilica Farm & Flea outdoor holiday market is back in Hudson. To enable social distancing, 50 vendors will be distributed throughout the historic Basilica Factory building and its surrounding campus, selling vintage and handmade gifts as well as agricultural produce. The supplier list is curated with Hudson-based home furnishings company LikeMindedObjects. Basilica Farm & Flea has been in business since 2013 and offers a Black Friday shopping alternative that supports manufacturers in the Hudson Valley. Admission to the weekend event is $ 5 and children under 12 enter free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, and entry times will be staggered. The market opens November 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hudson Valley Art Market | November 26-28
Forget the Best Buy black market crowds and spend Thanksgiving weekend shopping at the seventh annual Hudson Valley Art Market. The fair features a range of art, handcrafted and in small batches from makers across the Hudson Valley. There’s potato vodka from 1857 Spirits, hand-woven baskets made by Mary Ann Williams, glass home and garden decorations from C. Groppe Glassworks, and ornaments from Stamped Thoughts. On November 27 and 28, poet Cathy Schmitz will write personalized poems on site, creating a truly unique gift. The market will be held at Poughkeepsie’s Locust Grove Estate. It takes place on November 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on November 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holiday Market at Bethel Woods Center | November 27-December 19
Held in tandem with Peace, Love & Lights, the Bethel Woods Center’s drive-through light show, the Holiday Market gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy holiday shopping while enjoying the festivities of the season. This market, which runs from afternoon until nightfall, will have different vendors every weekend. Shop for cutting and deli boards from Catskills Woodworks, paintings and barn wood panels from Creekside Art Co., and glass jewelry and housewares from RoseAnna’s Glass Art. Looking for edible gift ideas? The market has it all, with beers 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 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bazaar Saint-Nicolas | December 4
Enjoy holiday shopping and indulge your sweet tooth at the Saint-Nicolas Bazaar at Grace Espiscopal Church: sale of crafts and holiday cookies. Head to Millbrook and shop for a variety of handmade goods. There are silver jewelry, knitted items, and even hand-painted stepladders that are sure to appeal to the younger ones on your list. There are also soaps, lotions, and even products for pets (or their owners). Holiday cookies, baked fresh in church, will be sold by the pound. There is an assortment of flavors, from sugar and gingerbread cookies to more decadent varieties. Cookies can be purchased at the fair or ordered in advance for pickup. The Saint-Nicolas bazaar takes place on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Greene’s Candy Cane Christmas Festival | December 4
Head 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 containing Polaroid cameras and other tech items will be raffled off. Sip hot chocolate and take a stroll through the park, or grab a bite from one of the food trucks on site. Alcoholic beverages for adults will be brought from Coxsackie The Cask and Rasher Tavern. Bring the children too: this is an opportunity to write letters 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 p.m. to 7 p.m.
River Valley Guild Holiday Markets | December 4 and 11
The River Valley Guild, the collective of artisans and other creators of the Hudson Valley, is hosting two holiday markets this year. On December 4, meet at The Parcel Flower Co. in Cold Spring, where more than 20 artisans will be on site, along with live musicians and a makeshift bar serving local wine, cider and beer. The Yard in Beacon will host the second Guild Market on December 11. Shop from around 30 manufacturers in the Hudson Valley, including wellness brand Exalted Alchemy, Catskills infused honey from Phenicia Honey, and casual styles from Seven Circles Clothing Co. If shopping makes you hungry, grab a bite into the Eat Church food truck and enjoy live music that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit. The River Valley Guild Holiday Markets are held December 4 and 11 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Made in Kingston Pop-Up Makers Market | December 4, 11 and 18
In conjunction with the Kingston Farmers’ Market, Made in Kingston will host 25 vendors for its second pop-up outdoor designer market. The event replaces the organization’s indoor event and allows visitors to purchase produce from the city’s local outdoor manufacturers, alongside their weekly transport to the farmer’s market. Founded in 2013, Made in Kingston has organized events to support over 60 local artists. Past manufacturers and products sold include prints (wearable and decorative) by Aurora Brush and Marissa Perez from Binnewater Prints, nature-themed ceramics by Dale Wolfield, and handmade beads and pendants from Indigo Handmade Beads . The market takes place on December 4, 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holistic Hudson Valley Holiday Market | December 5
The sixth annual Holistic Vacation Market is back, once again bringing together some of the region’s favorite wellness-focused vendors. Head over to Fishkill and shop for a range of products designed to enhance overall wellness, including jewelry from P. Lily Designs, hemp skin care, Arisan fiber bags, and paper items from Hemp & Humanity, as well as lotions and bath bombs from Lucky Tree Soap Co. Fancy a glimpse of the future? Michelle Lorenzo and others will be on hand to perform psychic tarot card readings, Reiki and other types of practices. AR Massage Therapy will also offer massages, as well as gift cards for those who want to give loved ones a gift of relaxation. Make sure to arrive early – the first 25 participants receive a free gift bag full of products. The market takes place on December 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mid-Hudson Civic Center Holiday Craft Fair | December 18
The nonprofit Mid-Hudson Civic Center hosts its annual Holiday Craft Fair, showcasing products made by makers of the Hudson Valley. More than 60 vendors will sell their products. Browse handmade fleece blankets, hair accessories, ceramic jewelry, and scented candles. There are even options, like dog treats and rope toys, for the furry friends on your list. Entrance to the fair is free for the public and the event takes place on December 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saugerties craft market | December 18-19
The former JJ Newberry’s department store building will once again be filled with shoppers at this year’s third annual Saugerties Craft Market. Master craftsmen and food vendors will sell their homemade products. Grab a coffee and browse products from over 15 suppliers. Products from the past included jewelry from Greenwood Designs, which will be back this year, as well as artwork by artists. The market takes place on December 18 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on December 19 from noon to 5 p.m.