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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.

Dutchess Handmade Pop-Up Shop

Trolley Barn Gallery, Poughkeepsie
December 2, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., December 3-4, 10-5 p.m.

 

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Over 60 Hudson Valley artists and makers will congregate to comprise this holiday market in Dutchess County. At the weekend-long event, patrons can select from jewelry, greeting cards, textiles, wood and glass products, prints, paintings, ceramics, and other home décor. On Saturday and Sunday, be sure to snag an “organic, farm-fresh” baked good.

Modern Makers Market Holiday Shopping

Our Lady of Atonement Chapel, Garrison
December 2, 3-8 p.m., December 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

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Whether you’re in search of necklaces, earrings, soaps, candles, or one-of-a-kind art, the perfect gift for everyone on your list is bound to be at this one-stop shopping extravaganza. After all, a whopping 40 artists and makers from in and around the Hudson Valley will be in attendance toting their very best work. If the Modern Makers Market is calling your name, turn your shopping pit-stop into a day trip by exploring the nearby towns of Garrison, Beacon, and Cold Spring.

Related: An Insider’s Guide to December Events in the Hudson Valley

Holiday Market Pop-Up at Peace, Love & Lights

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 4-9 p.m.


As if you needed another reason to go to the Bethel Woods Center for the arts, this holiday market beckons with three consecutive weekends of shopping from local artisans and food vendors. Word to the wise: combine your shopping spree at Bethel with a visit to the onsite museum—located at the site of the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969—for oodles of rock-‘n’-roll history.

Cohoes Holiday Market

Remsen Street, Cohoes
Weekends through December 23

 

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Have you ever taken a stroll through Cohoes? The Albany County town hosts a variety of local retailers and restaurateurs, and the inaugural Cohoes Holiday Market—open Saturdays and Sundays through December 18—is the prime occasion for exploration. The market harkens back to “December gift markets held in German town squares” with 10 wooden stalls chock-full of giftable goodies.

Crafts & Gifts Sale

Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac
December 3-18, 12-5 p.m.

 

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Who better to assemble a group of regional artisans than the Putnam Arts Council? At this sale ahead of the holidays, shop from a premium selection of pottery, jewelry, clothing, books, and art as well as home goods like candles, ornaments, and locally sourced honey—just to name a fraction of what’s available. Note that only members of the Arts Council may shop from noon to 3 p.m. on the opening day of the sale.

Winter Craft Fair

Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
December 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spend part of your Saturday at the MJN Convention Center’s craft fair “highlighting Hudson Valley handmade products.” Afterward, reward yourself for checking off your holiday to-do list with a visit to Eastdale Village and The Academy—both favorites among foodies.

Field + Supply Holiday Pop-Up

Wildflower Farms, Gardiner
December 3, 17

 

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Field + Supply brings its “specialty curated selection” of wares to the Hudson Valley at one of the most highly anticipated shopping events of the season. It’s so highly anticipated, in fact, that there is a waitlist to even attend it. Throw your name in the hat for a chance to peruse the selection of apothecary, apparel, pantry items, home décor, and jewelry ahead of the holidays.

Holiday Bazaar

Belleayre Ski Mountain, Highmount
December 10-11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

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While we normally trip to Belleayre Mountain on snowy days with our skis in tow, this event promises a day of holiday shopping from local makers. Head to the third floor of the Discovery Lodge and discover handmade items and holiday décor. If you’re a skier or snowboarder, make it a two-birds-one-stone daytrip by hitting the slopes.

Related: Shop Local at These Hudson Valley Stores for the Holidays

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