Neighborhood Strolls and Holiday Markets


With only two weeks left until Christmas, we are starting to think what to put under the tree. This week there are plenty of ways to check items off your list! Here are a few upcoming neighborhood strolls and holiday markets.

The South End Holiday Stroll is tonight! From 4 to 8 pm, 32 South End shops are offering extended hours and special treats or discounts. Several of our favorite South End stores are participating, including Follain, Olives & Grace, 12 Chairs, and Sault. You can park for free on Harrison Ave and take the free trolley around the neighborhood. Plus, a receipt from a participating shop gets you $10 off dinner at some area restaurants, including Myers + Chang, Union Bar and Grill, Gaslight Brasserie, and more. For more information and a full list of participants, take a look at the event website.

Thursday evening is the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll, with festivities from 5-9 pm. Kids can have a picture taken with Santa at Hill House from 3:30-6:30 pm, and then see the neighborhood tree lighting at Charles Street and Mount Vernon at 7:15 pm. many of our favorite Beacon Hill shops will be celebrating the season with special discounts and snacks. Wandering entertainment includes the Apollo Club Singers, a brass ensemble, Victorian carolers, and horse-drawn carriages! More information available on the event facebook page.

We absolutely love wandering around the SoWa Open Market during warm weather Sundays, and this weekend SoWa is back with the SoWa Holiday Market. Local designers, artists, and crafters will be showing their work on Saturday and Sunday (December 14-15) at the Benjamin Franklin Institute, 41 Berkeley Street, from 12-6 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for those under 12. For more information, visit the event website.

The work of international artisans from areas as far-ranging as Zimbabwe, Laos, and Peru comes to Boston with the Cultural Survival Bazaar, held at Harvard University on December 14-15 and at the Prudential Mall from December 20-22. For more information on hours and the artisans, visit the Cultural Survival website.

Did we miss any? Feel free to leave your suggestions for holiday shopping in the comments!

Image Credit: Laura Chassaigne

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