29th Annual Boston Christmas Festival
Holiday Tradition Kicks off Season with Great Finds for Savvy Shoppers At Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, November 6, 7 & 8, 2015. Highlights Include Gingerbread House Competition, to Benefit Housing Families, And New Farmers’ Market
October 16, 2015
The 29th annual Boston Christmas Festival, a popular holiday tradition with its signature Gingerbread House Competition, kicks off the season with great finds for savvy shoppers on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 6 – 8, at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Offering a seemingly never-ending array of handcrafted items in every price range from over 300 of the country’s premier artisans and crafters, the Festival is the ideal solution to the Christmas shopping conundrum. New this year is an expansive Farmers’ Market offering a wide variety of delicious and one-of-a-kind foods, complementing the abundance of unique, fun, and hard-to-find items on display. Additionally, visitors are able to meet the artisans, discuss their work, and commission custom pieces that will be treasured for generations to come.
Festival hours are Friday, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; free to children under 14. Public transportation is available via the Silver Line from South Station to the World Trade Center Station, located adjacent to the Seaport Hotel and The Boston Christmas Festival; for driving directions, set GPS to: 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210. For information, call (617) 385-5000, or visit BostonChristmasFestival.com to print a discount coupon or buy tickets online. For the latest updates, follow Boston Christmas Festival on Facebook.
A feast for the eyes, the Festival’s Gingerbread House Competition sees top chefs from area restaurants and bakeries exhibit masterpieces judged by a panel of celebrities and their children. The houses are on display throughout the show and sold with all proceeds to benefit Housing Families, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to ending family homelessness.
Always offering the new and unexpected as well as crowd-pleasing favorites, The Boston Christmas Festival delights shoppers with gifts for everyone on their lists – from domestic divas and fashionistas, to weekend warriors, foodies and more. Aisles chockablock with seasonal decor, distinctive home accessories, custom apparel, fashion and fine jewelry, gourmet foods, and handmade toys make it easy and stress-free to wrap up shopping early.
Keep home fires burning brightly throughout the holidays and year round with festive decorations and gorgeous accent pieces that reflect personal style. Add seasonal charm with hand-made glass serving pieces depicting picturesque covered bridges from Brice Booker (Newton, MA), primitive Santa folk art from Meribeth Bromage (Dudley, MA), or collectible nativity pieces by Hestia Creations (Marblehead, MA). Wake up a wall with a “Hopperesque” art print of an iconic New England lighthouse by Alan Claude (Farmingdale, ME), limited edition harbor scene by watercolorist Diana Tyler (Amston, CT), or quintessential Vermont landscape by photographer Jonathan Hart (S. Burlington, VT). Elevate the everyday to extraordinary with hand-blown infusion jars for sangria or sun tea from Michelle and Bill Champitto (Winthrop, MA), seashore motif stone wear pottery from Heather Rousseau (Haverhill, MA), and exquisite stained glass boxes from Jeaninne Kincaid (Uxbridge, MA), who may be commissioned to personalize gifts by including precious keepsakes into her design.
Apparel and accessory must-haves for men and women abound, and range from the affordable to the splurge worthy. Fashion forward standouts are chic, preppy handbags by Amy Tarlton (Mansfield, MA), hand beaded scarves from Elegance by Designs (Tewksbury, MA), and graphic hoodies and tees by former Ralph Lauren designer Tamara Lord (Stoneham, MA). Those seeking wearable adornments will covet the jewelry of Mary-Ann Wood (Franklin, MA), who crafts clients’ heirloom china into sentimental treasures, and “painted-by-fire” pieces of LeAnne Marquis (Conesus, NY), who uses a torch on copper sheets to create her vibrant-colored work. Cozy gifts include eco-friendly mittens and hats made from reclaimed sweaters by Jack and Mary Designs (York, ME) and shearling slippers by Arthur Merry (Topsfield, MA). For that special guy, consider a NE Patriots or Red Sox themed shirt that pushes the design envelope from The Boston Sports Company (Everett, MA).
The Farmers’ Market pays tasty tribute to small batch producers of gourmet goodies, perfect for entertaining, stocking stuffers, or hostess gifts. Dress up a cheese platter with Triple Ale Onion Spread, add zest to a salad with Spiced Beet Vinegar, or reimagine poultry with Kiwi Lime Salsa Verde, just a few of the palate pleasers from former luxury yacht chef Warrick Dowsett, founder of Wozz Kitchen Creations (Bethlehem, NH). Tempt taste buds with sensational seasonings like Smoky Maple Barbeque Rub or Black Truffle Salt from Soluna Garden Farm (Winchester, MA), also known for its all organic teas. For a decadent indulgence, sample mouthwatering confections from Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe (Hopewell Junction, NY) or the award-winning gingerbread treats from Janet D’Orsi (Wakefield, MA).
The Festival is also brimming with gifts for the younger set. Newborn knits and adorable children’s wear from Glitz Kids (Wakefield, MA) and personalized bibs and Crayola crayon aprons from Jacquelyn Chandler (Buzzards Bay, MA) will be cherished for years.
The Christmas Festival is presented by Artisan Promotions, Inc., organizers of top quality art shows since 1982.