SoWa Winter Festival in Boston, MA, on Nov. 30-Dec. 2; Dec. 7-9
The hipster haven that is the SoWa Art + Design District at 450 Harrison Avenue hosts its Winter Festival among artist studios, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. A Makers Marketplace will serve up food vendors and festive drinks in the SoWa Power Station. Also, you will find food trucks, holiday music, a Nutcracker photo booth, and ice sculpting. Sip on cocktails, craft brews, and wine while you shop. Map.
INNdulgence Tour of Vermont Inns in Ludlow and Okemo Valley, VT, on Dec. 2-3
What could be more restful than visiting 12 inns in Vermont towns that are decked out, for your enjoyment, with holiday decorations, where the innkeepers greet you with a plate of Christmas treats. Inn gift shops will be selling maple syrup, handmade pottery coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments, and many Vermont-made products. Some inns will be holding raffles for gift baskets. List of inns. Map.
Greenwich Winter Antiques Show in Old Greenwich, CT, on Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Come browse antiques from 40 exhibitors of fine and marine art, estate jewelry, American and continental furniture, prints, handbags, decorative objects, and more from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. The show committee transforms the utilitarian building into a luxurious themed event. Exhibitors bring their best material and shopping is fun. Dealers are happy to answer questions. Map.
Boothbay Harbor Lights Festival in Boothbay Harbor and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME, on Dec. 1
This is full-dress town Christmas festival, with the added value that it is located very near a larhe, stunning botanical garden that is festooned with lights for the season. Festival highlights include Santa arriving by lobster boat, horse-drawn carriage rides, a craft show, story time, tree lighting, a live Nativity, and caroling. The evening concludes with the lighted boat parade in the harbor. Map.
Foundry Artists Show & Sale in Pawtucket, RI, on Nov. 29-Dec. 9
The Pawtucket Armory Arts Center at 172 Exchange Street is a bright, open space filled with truly fine artwork – much of it very affordable for gift-giving – at this artist-operated show and sale. More than 65 juried artists present a wide range of unique gifts, fine art, functional craft, clothing and original designs. Free parking and free admission. Tax free! Dates: November 29-December 2 and December 7-9. Map.
Christmas at the Rocks in Bethlehem, NH, on Nov. 17-Dec. 24
The Rocks Estate is an old homestead, best known to most people for its Christmas tree farm, which is busy with holiday shoppers and revelers this time of year. Come prowl through two gift shops, choose your Christmas tree, and buy hand-made wreaths. Horse-drawn wagon rides are offered on weekends. Father Christmas will be at the farm Saturdays. Hot drinks, soups, and chili for sale. Map.