Local Vendors Dazzle and Delight at the Downtown Boston Holiday Market

Posted December 10, 2014 by Kayla Baker in Downtown Boston
Santa's Chair

The holiday season is in full swing here in Downtown Boston. Twinkling lights adorn every tree as residents bustle about Downtown Crossing with large shopping bags full of gifts. Downtown Crossing’s shopping options have always been plentiful, but now there’s another great place to do some holiday shopping; the Downtown Boston Holiday Market. This year marks the 7th annual holiday market, so I stopped by the market’s new popup location at 459 Washington Street to check out the different vendors and hopefully pick up some gifts for family and friends.

Alex's Ugly Sauce

Alex’s Ugly Sauce, a local artisanal hot sauce company that produces small batches of hot sauce made with local peppers. Photo Credit: Kayla Baker

The outside of the market is festively decorated with wreaths and bows, so it’s hard to miss. After giving myself some time to defrost in the entryway, I decided to wander the various booths at the market. Immediately to the right of the front door was the booth for Alex’s Ugly Sauce, a local artisanal hot sauce company that produces small batches of hot sauce made with local peppers. The woman at the booth was extremely knowledgeable and spent a good deal of time chatting with me about the different peppers used in each hot sauce. After sampling some of the new, limited edition blends I purchased a set of three (to add to the three already in my refrigerator). So much for gift shopping.

Once I was warmed up by the hot sauce samples I made my way to Santa’s chair, but I had unfortunately come during one of his off times. A sign near his chair explained that Santa is available from noon to 2 pm every day as well as from 3 pm to 4 pm on weekends. Santa will be spending his days at the holiday market until December 23rd, when he returns to the North Pole to start getting ready for the big night.

Karol Peralta Jewelry’s booth

Karol Peralta Jewelry’s booth. Photo Credit: Kayla Baker

Perusing the rest of the market, I stopped at various jewelry booths to investigate the offerings. Karol Peralta Jewelry’s booth had many beautiful pieces made of Swarovski crystals that sparkled enough to rival a Christmas tree. There was also an array of amber pieces from Epoca Amber Jewelry and Recycled Glass Jewelry showed me how old windows can become lovely wearable art. I was tempted to pick up some more gifts for myself at these booths, but I refrained.

Luckily for downtown shoppers, even more vendors are set to join the Holiday Market on Saturday, December 6th. Swissbakers and McCrea’s Candies are bringing delicious fresh pastries and artisan caramels for shoppers to enjoy on their shopping trip or to stuff in their stockings. NuArt Jewelry will be showing off the wonders of metalworking while Tico Art displays both functional and decorative wooden pieces created by an American and Costa Rican partnership. A full list of vendors and links to their websites can be found on the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District Website.

The Downtown Boston Holiday Market brings an array of local artisans together to share their crafts with city residents in a setting that is both festive and fun. The Holiday Market is the perfect place to pick up unique gifts for anyone on your list, and if you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to walk out without some goodies of your own.