Holiday markets 2015

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Basilica Farm & Flea is one of a handful of holiday markets coming up.

The unofficial official holiday shopping season starts up this week. And if you're looking for something a little bit different -- craftier, handmade, more independent, fair trade -- there are a handful of local holiday markets around the region.

And here's a list...

Basilica Farm + Flea
November 27-29 | Basilica Hudson
This is the third year for Basilica Farm + Flea, a collaboration between Basilica Hudson and Hudson River Exchange. "Created as an alternative to "Black Friday" culture, the annual market brings together a collection of quality products presented by a diverse group of about 125 regional makers, farmers, chefs and vintage collectors to promote the talents and resources within our community." Friday, November 27 2-5 pm / Saturday, November 27 and Sunday, November 29 10 am-6 pm - admission is $5 for the whole weekend / free for kids under 12

The market is also hosting a "Black Friday Soiree" on Friday. Friday, November 27 5-9 pm

Black Friday Fair Trade Market
November 27-28 | Delmar Presbyterian Church
This is the sixth year for the Fair Trade Market, which offers products from around world. (It's a new location this year.) "It offers a magnificent array of ethically sourced jewelry, accessories, home goods, coffee and chocolate in a joyful, family-friendly setting." Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 10 am-3 pm

Home for the Holidays at Albany Institute
November 27-29 | Albany Institute
The museum has free admission all weekend with special holiday activities, including a shop with "fun, old-fashioned toys, handmade ornaments, crafts and gifts by area artisans." Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 10 am-5 pm / Sunday, November 29 noon-5 pm

Holiday Open House at The Shirt Factory
November 27-29, December 12-13 | The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls
Artisan gifts, open artists studios, demonstrations, a holiday raffle. November 27-29 and December 12-13 10-5 pm

Saratoga Craft Marketplace
November 28 | Saratoga Springs City Center |
The annual sale -- now in its 40th year -- includes more than 100 artisans selling handmade crafts. Saturday, November 28 10 am-4:30 pm - admission is $5 (includes two raffle tickets) / kids under 12 are free

Holiday Gift Shop at Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
each Sunday through December 27 | The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
"Need something different for holiday gift giving? Need a gift for someone who has everything? Make a selection from among the unique, hand made gift items that will be available at the Holiday Gift Shop hosted by Underground Railroad History Project at The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence." each Sunday through December 27

Albany Holiday Market
December 2 | Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
This is the fourth year for the market. "With shop specials, unique Albany gift items, local artisans and specialty shops selling their own items." Wednesday, December 2 5-7 pm

The Round Lake Holiday Artisan Market
December 3 | Round Lake Village Hall
The market features works from local artists The Quiet Woods Jewelry, Ivy Rose Wool Arts, Blue Firefly Designs, Jewelry and Gifts, Rachel Garrison Pottery, Eden Carnes' Whimsical Menagerie, Round Lake School Handmade Books, Erin Fish Watercolors, Queen Bee Photography, Dee Myers Paper Art, Double AA Bees Honey and Candles, with sweet treats provided by Leah's Cakery. Thursday, December 3 4-8 pm

Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo
December 5 | Universal Preservation Hall
This is a new event from the organizers of the Delmar Fair Trade Market. Saturday, December 5 10 am-4 pm

Taste NY Holiday Expo
December 6 | State Museum
This is the second year for the Taste NY Holiday Expo. "Enjoy an array of 'made in New York' specialty food and beverage vendors, including hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits, cheese, chocolate, apple and maple products, and other edible gifts." (Also: The tree lighting on the ESP is that evening.) Sunday, December 6 11 am-4:30 pm - $5 (cash only) / kids 12 and under free

Know of another good local holiday market people might be interested in? Please share!

Basilica Hudson, Albany Institute, ACCVB, and the State Museum advertise on AOA.

photo via Basilica Hudson


During the Holiday Lights in The Park, there is also a marketplace in the Washington Park Lake House, with crafts, some fine jewelry, refreshments, and such! Patty Tobin Fine Jewelry will be there from November 27-December 31.

There will be a small maker's market on Black Friday during Troy Night Out at Nibble from 5-9.

I've also heard rumblings that there will be a holiday craft & vintage market put on my Troy Flea at the Takk House in Troy on December 12 & 13.

Arrived at Basilica Hudson on Saturday around 3 PM.
Saw a line of about 200 people waiting to pay $5 and enter a rather small building.
Turned around.
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