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Boston Christmas Festival 2016

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For the past 30 years, the first weekend in November signals the beginning of the Christmas season in historic Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Christmas Festival at the beautiful harborside Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center is famous for one-of-a-kind artisanal crafts, homegoods, jewelry, and of course, their Farmers Market and signature Gingerbread House Competition.

image003-1From hand-blown glass ornaments to wooden bowls and knitted sweaters to Swarovski crystal jewelry, the seemingly endless array of goodies are sure to please even the pickiest person on your shopping list. In addition to the products they bring to the show, many craftspeople will also do custom/commissioned work for that extra-special touch. Featured artisan DinnerWear Jewelry makes stunning custom pieces from your families’ heirloom china and offers free shipping for anybody placing an order at the show!

krista-gagne_maine-homesteadThe Farmer’s Market shows off all of the delicious treats the season, made by small-batch producers. From health conscious gourmet dried fruit made by Sennen Conte of Rhode Island to indulgent chocolate truffles from Dean Bingham in Maine, there is something that will satisfy your sweet tooth. If you prefer to indulge in savory treats, there is still a lot to choose from, like exotic Caribbean pepper jellies from Patricia Kiernan of Massachusetts.gingerbettysbakery_2

The Gingerbread House Competition is certainly a spectacle to behold every year! The Houses, made by top chefs in the area, are elaborate and intricate. They are on display for the duration of the Festival and are judged by a panel then sold. So, if one catches your eye, you could bring it home with you! The best part? All proceeds from the competition are donated to Housing Families, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness.image002

So, tantalize all of your senses and drop by the Boston Christmas Festival from November 4th-6th at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center. You will knock out all of your Christmas Shopping and benefit a wonderful cause- what a way to truly embrace the season!

For more information on the event, visit their website www.bostonchristmasfestival.com or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/XmasFest/

For more information on how you can help families find homes this Holiday season (and beyond!) visit http://housingfamilies.org/

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