It’s that time of year again when you can go shopping to find the ideal gifts for friends and family. Part of the fun is connecting in person with local businesses, and holiday markets are the perfect place to look for great presents. Another plus is that your shopping experience will most likely include lights, food, and other festivities, depending on which one you go to. Or plan to go to all of them if you love to shop. Here are the six best Christmas markets in Connecticut this season. Happy shopping!
Speaking of events that have it all, Glow Hartford is the perfect example. The holiday market is filled with vendors and artisans waiting to help you select gifts your recipients will love. While on-site, you can enjoy live entertainment and get something to eat or drink. Of course, plan to look at the holiday light displays and snap a few photos while you’re there.
Spruce Street Farmers Market
On Small Business Saturday, make your way to Spruce Street Farmers Market in Manchester, where you can shop from local artisans. This market has something for everyone on your Christmas list, from upcycled clothing and soy candles to handmade jewelry and infused olive oils. If you can’t make it on November 26th, they’ll have another market on December 17th.
Burnett’s Country Gardens in Salem hosts the 2022 Yule Market on December 11th, which focuses 100% on handmade goods. This shopping experience is filled with one-of-a-kind gifts that various artisans have lovingly hand-crafted. One unique aspect of this market is that they concentrate on a Scandinavian aesthetic so that you can find a well-curated selection of European-inspired goods.
Redding Artisan Holiday Fair
As the name indicates, the Redding Artisan Holiday Fair takes place in Redding, Connecticut. Vendors are vetted, and only handmade goods are permitted. They’ll also have food vendors to keep you from getting hungry while shopping for the best gifts you can find. Save the date of December 10th for this fabulous event.
Holiday Shop by the Sea
Head towards the coast to New London on December 4th to buy gifts at Holiday Shop by the Sea. Over 50 vendors will be on hand to help you with your Christmas shopping for all the folks on your list. It’s the perfect event for kids as Santa will be there too, and there is also an activity area to keep children occupied. Food is available for purchase, and you may even win a door prize while you’re there. Don’t miss it!
Town of Cromwell Farmers Market Craft Fair
See some of your favorite regulars at the Town of Cromwell Farmers Market Craft Fair. Several new vendors will also be set up at this event on December 10th. Additionally, you can purchase food and drinks, so you don’t have to worry about going hungry while you shop. Over 30 vendors are participating to help with your gift-giving needs.
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