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Holiday Markets and Winter Craft Fairs to Visit in the Hudson Valley

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Head to these Hudson Valley craft fairs and holiday markets to shop artisan goods, handmade gifts, and more from local makers.

When do the holidays officially begin? It could be when Hudson Valleyites dig in to a festive meal of turkey and all the fixings. Or, it could be when the first snow falls and Christmas music hits the radio. Whenever you think it’s time to start celebrating the holidays, there never seems to be enough time to get all of your shopping done. With these holiday markets and craft fairs, you can chip away at that gift list.

While the Hudson Valley’s summer festivals, spring fairs,  and fall markets are stellar in their own right, we think there’s something extra special about the winter gifting season.

Christkindlmarkt

Germania, Poughkeepsie 
November 19 & 20

It wouldn’t be the start of the holiday season without Poughkeepsie’s Christkindlmarkt. Explore Germania’s recreation of a European Christmas market. While there, dig into staple dishes and sweet holiday treats. Plus, get a head start on all your holiday shopping, and enjoy a mug of mulled wine as you go. The Friday market starts in the afternoon, while Saturday’s festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heart of the Hudson Valley Holiday Extravaganza and Thanksgiving Farmers Market

Marlboro Elementary School, Marlboro
November 20 , 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ready to get the holiday season started? The 11th iteration of this Thanksgiving farmers’ market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, organic baked goods, artisan cheese, and so much more. Craft the perfect Christmas foodie basket at this event. Plus, shop handmade furniture and crafts.

 

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Country Folk Art Craft Show

Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
November 19-21

Cottage-core fans, this seasonal fair is for you. For nearly 40 years, the Country Folk Art Craft Shows have traveled the nation. The collection explores a wide variety of styles, including shabby chic, new country, farmhouse, and more. It’s the perfect place to find repurposed and upcycled treasures. Wearable art, handmade soaps, wood carvings, and many more items will be available at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

Holiday Love Local Maker Market

Lewis Park, Warwick
November 26-27

Feel like getting some fresh air after all that turkey? On Thanksgiving weekend, Warwick’s Holiday Love Local Maker Market brings together over 40 artisan vendors. Shop handcrafted presents for family and friendsor get yourself something nice for the holidays. Admission costs $3 per person to benefit Wickham Works and the Warwick Historical Society.

 

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Basilica Hudson Open Air Holiday Market 2021

Basilica Hudson, Hudson
November 26-27

It’s a Christmas miracle! After hosting a virtual market in 2020, one of the Hudson Valley’s most beloved holiday events returns to Basilica Hudson’s historic waterfront property. Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, shop the wares of over 50 vendors. Large doorways remain open for constant air flow, so bundle up for this “outdoor” market. The 1880s factory setting hosts an array of farmers, makers, and collectors as an alternative to traditional Black Friday shopping. Admission costs $5.

 

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Hudson Valley Art Market

Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie
November 26-28, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

This Hudson Valley holiday market is all about art, and Poughkeepsie’s Locust Grove Estate is a crowd pleaser for photoshoots and scenic walks. On Thanksgiving weekend, the historic setting sets up a lovely collection of fine artistic works and designer-quality goods. However, there’s one gift you can’t get anywhere else. On Saturday, special guest Cathy Schmitznicknamed “The Poet Is In”writes unique, personalized poems for loved ones, dear friends, or that special someone. Don’t miss this extraordinary yet tranquil holiday shopping experience.

Modern Makers Holiday Market

Hops on the Hudson, Cold Spring
November 26-28, 11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Cold Spring serves as a delightful setting for holiday shopping. Hops on the Hudson presents a seasonal twist on its Modern Makers Market. Peruse the vast selection of one-of-a-kind gifts and small-batch goodies.

Holiday Market at Bethel Woods

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
November 27-28; December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19; 2-9 p.m.

Few Hudson Valley holiday markets have the same atmosphere as this one. Browse natural soaps, locally made jewelry, craft spirits, and more at the site of the Woodstock Festival. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts curates a different collection of vendors every weekend. After shopping, check out their elaborate Peace, Love, and Lights drive-through holiday display.

Colonie Center Holiday Shows

Colonie Center, Albany
November 27-28; December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19; 10 a.m.

The Capital Region offers exquisite holiday shopping all season long. At the Colonie Center, get in the Christmas spirit with themed gift expos and craft fairs. Find expertly made decorations, accessories, jewelry, stained class, skincare, and much more. Plus, tons of specials and deals kick things off Thanksgiving weekend. If you’re a last-minute shopper, Rudolph’s Runway Holiday Show was made for youit’s the last weekend before Santa arrives.

Putnam Arts Council Artisan Craft Sale Mahopac

Belle Levine Art Center, Mahopac
December 4 (with additional shopping opportunities December 5-19) , 3 – 5 p.m.

Still need to finish crossing off your holiday shopping list? Putnam Arts Council hosts an artisan craft sale in Mahopac on December 4. Find handcrafted pottery, jewelry, toys, clothes, ornaments, and Hudson Valley honey, among other items. However, if you can’t make the main event, there are additional opportunities to shop throughout the month. The center is open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

 

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Dutchess Handmade Holiday Pop-Up Shop

The Trolley Barn, Poughkeepsie
December 4-5, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

This ultra-festive pop-up shop is an absolute celebration of Hudson Valley artisans. Stuff stockings with prints, ceramics, wood carvings, greeting cards, and much more. Support makers within the community, and find the perfect gift before Christmas or Hanukkah comes.

Greene’s Candy Cane Christmas Festival

Angelo Canna Park, Cairo
December 4-5, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

Who’s ready for the first-ever Candy Cane Christmas Festival? This cheery celebration debuts in the Catskills, with craft beverages, holiday snacks, and plenty of shopping. The Cask and Rasher brings merriment in the form of mulled wine and spiked ciders. Businesses from across Greene County will be in attendance, providing a vast assortment of presents. Plus, Santa visits in the early afternoon. Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle benefit local families in need, making sure everyone has a very merry holiday season.

ImmuneSchein Tea Haus Holiday Pop Up Market

ImmuneSchein Tea Haus, Saugerties
December 11 and 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This holiday season, Hudson Valleyites can pick up more than just health-boosting elixirs from ImmuneSchein Tea Haus. The Saugerties tea shop hosts a pop-up market two Saturdays in December. Leather bags, artisan crafts, textile art, and precious jewelry will be sold alongside the brand’s signature ginger beverages.

Outdoor Holiday Boutique

Clinton St, Montgomery
December 11, 1 p.m.

Santa comes to Montgomery this year, alongside many of the region’s popular small businesses. Singers from Valley Central High School provide the main entertainment, while shoppers browse the boutique. Eat fresh-baked holiday treats, and gear up for the village tree lighting after sunset. Plus, give back by donating a toy at the Toys-For-Tots train stop.

Holiday Craft Fair

Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie
December 18, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.

If you’re stuck on what to get your loved ones for the holidays, start here. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center’s Holiday Craft Fair features one of the largest assortments of goods in the region. Fleece blankets, crocheted scarves, and handcrafted soaps round out the expected holiday fair fare. Find niche items like homemade dog treats, natural sea glass stones, CBD gummies, and accessories made from repurposed fabric. If you can dream it, you can find it at this Dutchess County destination.

 

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Newburgh Market’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Newburgh Mall, Newburgh
Saturdays and Sundays through December 19 

Inside the Newburgh Mall, many skilled artisans and craft vendors from the Hudson Valley sell their wares. It’s a perfect environment to pick up stocking stuffers and gifts for that special someone. Browse handmade ornaments, local spices, ornate jewelry, and much more. Head to the former New York and Co. space, and bring your best tote bag to lug back your finds.

 

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A Modern Makers Holiday Pop-Up

Midtown Kingston
Through January 9

Shop Field + Supply’s unique collection of kitchen ware, home decor, pantry supplies, and so much more. The Little Village pop-up in Kingston is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the holiday season. Plus, stay tuned on Instagram for twelve days of Christmas-themed giveaways.


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