Top 5 Best Christmas Markets in Connecticut (2023)

We’re all familiar with how chaotic Black Friday can get; when you’re at a big box store or national chain, you might find yourself getting trampled! Shopping at smaller businesses helps cut down on the chaos so you can focus on finding the perfect gifts— and supports a small, local business in the process. Whether you’re getting started today or waiting until closer to Christmas, here are our five choices for holiday markets where you can shop small this holiday season! 

Shop Small Saturday Indoor Market 

Get your foot in the door of a new yearly tradition at the third-annual Shop Small Saturday Indoor Market! Hosted by Spruce Street Farmers Market, this holiday marketplace features a wide array of different products, including local foods, crafts, and even clothing. As a bonus, there’s also live music! 

Dates: Nov. 26 
More information here.  

Redding Artisan Holiday Fair 

When you want a one-of-a-kind gift for a one-of-a-kind person, you’ll find what you need at the Redding Artisan Holiday Fair. The fair only features handmade goods, putting the focus on local crafters and small businesses. Each gift is therefore unique, just like the person you’re giving it to. It’s a great choice for truly special gifts! 

Dates: Dec. 9 
More information here.  

Holiday Shop by the Sea 

Though it’s a bit too late for a beach trip, the seaside is a wonderful place in any season! Port ‘N Starboard is putting on their Holiday Shop by the Sea event again this year, featuring over 50 vendors so you can find the perfect gift for anyone. Get your photo taken with Santa by the sea, bring the kids for fun activities, and even receive a door prize! 

Dates: Dec. 4 
More information here. 

Town of Cromwell Farmers Market Craft Fair 

If you’ve been to the Town of Cromwell Farmer’s Market this summer, get ready to see some familiar faces at the Craft Fair— and get ready to meet some new vendors! The Town of Cromwell Farmer’s Market Craft Fair features over 30 vendors, as well as food trucks so you can make it a full-day outing. It’s a great place to do a little last-minute shopping! 

Dates: Dec. 9 
More information here.  

Glow Hartford  

For the full Christmas experience while shopping, Glow Hartford is the place to go. The holiday market, featuring the best local artisans and small businesses, sits among one million Christmas lights, all arranged into seasonal sculptures and interactive installations. Bring the kids for the Santa’s Perfect Gift scavenger hunt so they can hunt for gifts while you, well, hunt for gifts!  

Dates: Nov. 18 – Dec. 23 
More information here. 

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