One of these years, I will make it over to Europe in December to visit some of the Christmas markets, but until then I’m glad that many cities in the United States have started their own Christmas Markets, including right here in Boston. Although not exactly the same as the Christmas Markets in Europe, it is nice to get a little taste of it here at home.
New this year in the Seaport neighborhood of Boston is the Boston Holiday Market at Snowport.
The Seaport neighborhood is part of the bigger South Boston neighborhood of Boston. It’s the closest part of South Boston to downtown Boston. Located right on the water, it used to be nothing more than an industrial area with a couple of long-time restaurants right on the water and some parking lots. The area has since been revitalized and is unrecognizable to what it looked like in my childhood. It’s one of the most popular areas of the city, with plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and plenty of great areas to sit and relax by the water when the weather is nice. It’s one of my favorite areas of the city as it has one of the best views of the downtown skyline in the entire city in my opinion. I’ll let you be the judge from the photo below.
The Seaport host “Snowport” each holiday season as a way to showcase the neighborhood with some fun outdoor winter activities. From holiday shopping to curling lessons to dining in an igloo, Snowport has it all. New this year is the Holiday Market at Snowport.
The Holiday Market features over 60 local merchants, making it the great place to find a unique gift and support small local businesses all at the same time. You can find all sorts of gifts from these merchants. From jewelry, bath and body products, and apparel to home decor, art and candles. Many of the merchants are woman-owned or black-owned businesses. In keeping with the spirit of the season, the merchants are referred to as “Merry Makers”.
And since this is a holiday market, there is no shortage of Merry Makers selling Christmas ornaments. You will find classic ornaments, ornaments to personalize, Boston themed ornaments and unique handmade ornaments.
For the foodies on your gift list, there are Merry Makers selling truffles, candies, cookies, hot sauce and coffee. And if shopping for these goodies makes you hungry, well there are quite a few food and drink Merry Makers to help satisfy your appetite. Try a waffle, apple cider, hot chocolate, donuts, tacos, seafood, pizza and more. Nearby restaurant Tuscan Kitchen has a dining tent where they sell pizza, calzones, cocktails and more. Featuring seating inside and outside the tent, it’s the perfect way to relax after shopping in the holiday market. And since the weather is cold in Boston during the holiday season, there are plenty of outdoor heaters to help warm you up.
While walking thru the Holiday Market, make sure to write your wish on the “winter wish” wall. There was a quite a crowd when I walked by so I didn’t get to write anything down, but I know my number one wish is for covid to just go away and everything to go back to normal, I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to that wish!
Need a Christmas tree to put all the gifts you bought at the holiday market under? You are in luck, located right at the Holiday Market is the Tree Market at Snowport where you can choose the perfect Christmas tree or wreath for your home.
Speaking of trees, while at the Holiday Market at Snowport, stop by the nearby Seaport Common to check out the Seaport Christmas Tree. On Friday December 3rd, the tree will be lit at 7:15pm. The tree lighting will take place during a four-hour event from 5pm-9pm featuring local musicians and a holiday stroll. Along with the main tree, there are many smaller trees within the Seaport Common to enjoy as well.
Right next to the trees are iceless curling lanes. Not to fear, if you don’t know how to curl, the New England Curling Club will host free 30 minute lessons 2pm-4pm each Saturday from November 20, 2021 – February 19th, 2022. Make sure to RSVP well in advance, as these spots are sure to fill up.
The Holiday Market at Snowport runs thru January 2, 2022. It’s open the following hours:
Monday – Thursday 3pm-8pm
Fridays and Saturdays 11am-8pm
Sundays 11am – 7pm
Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town the Holiday Market at Snowport is a must visit spot this holiday season in Boston. Get in the Christmas spirit, enjoy time with friends and family and get some holiday shopping done. While it’s not the beautiful Christmas markets of Europe, it’s definitely worth a visit while in Boston.
Looking for other great ways to enjoy the holiday season in Boston, be sure to check out my post on some Boston Holiday Favorites.
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