Holiday markets 2016

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The popular Basilica Farm + Flea is back in Hudson this year.

The unofficial official holiday shopping season starts up later 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 for 2016...

Basilica Farm + Flea
November 25-27 | Basilica Hudson
This is the fourth year for Basilica Farm + Flea. "Born Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 as the Anti-Black Friday big sister goddess, Basilica Farm & Flea is part timeless flea and farmer's market and part 21st century craft and design fair, showcasing the wealth and splendor of the Hudson Valley's artisanal talents." Friday, November 25 2-5 pm early bird kickoff / Saturday, November 26 10 am-6 pm / Sunday, November 27 10 am-5 pm -- admission is $5 for the whole weekend / free for kids under 12

Also: "Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, peak hours will have longer waits, but that we are redoubling our efforts to help mitigate capacity issues and the ensuing lines. Based on last year, the best times to arrive are likely Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning..."

Black Friday Fair Trade Market
November 25-26 | Delmar Presbyterian Church
This is the seventh year for the Fair Trade Market, which offers products from around world. "Beautiful array of handcrafted gifts, fairly traded from around the world." Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 10 am-3 pm

Holiday Open House at The Shirt Factory
November 25-27, December 10-11 | The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls
Artisan gifts, open artists studios, demonstrations. November 25-27 and December 10-11 10-5 pm

Saratoga Craft Marketplace
November 26 | Saratoga Springs City Center
The annual sale -- now in its 41st year -- includes more than 100 artisans selling handmade crafts. Saturday, November 26 10 am-4:30 pm - admission is $5 (includes one raffle ticket) / kids under 12 are free

Albany Holiday Market
November 30 | Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
This is the fifth year for the market. "Special gift shop pricing; unique Albany gift items, local artisans and specialty vendors selling their goods; music; door prizes, refreshments and craft beverage samples; discounts at nearby restaurants." (It's the same evening as the city of Albany tree lighting.) Wednesday, November 30 5-7 pm

Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo
December 3 | Saratoga Springs City Center
This is the second year from the organizers of the Delmar Fair Trade Market, and it's at a different location this year. Saturday, December 3 10 am-4 pm

Winterwalk Hudson River Exchange x Etsy Winter Market
December 3 | Etsy Hudson
"Winter Market is a celebration of small businesses and features one-of-a-kind gifts curated by Hudson River Exchange showcasing 17 local makers." There's also an Etsy craft party. (It's the same day as the Hudson Winter Walk, which starts at 5 pm.) Saturday, December 3 10 am-4 pm

Taste NY Holiday Market
December 4 | State Museum
This is the third year for the Taste NY Holiday Market. "EStroll through the halls of the museum while shopping and sampling "made in New York" food and beverages from dozens of vendors, including hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits, cheese, chocolate, apple and maple products, and other edible goodies." (Also: The tree lighting on the ESP is that evening.) Sunday, December 4 11 am-4:30 pm - $5 (cash only) / kids 12 and under free

The Round Lake Holiday Artisan Market
December 4 | Round Lake Village Hall
"Shopping Local and Handmade is made easy with our eclectic collection of gifts including pottery, paintings, fiber art, cards, knitting, jewelry, blacksmithing, honey, candles and more!" Thursday, December 1 4-8 pm

Babes in Troyland
December 10-December 11 | Takk House in Troy
"There will be over 30 vendors ranging from vintage pyrex to vinyl, homemade candles to gluten free goodies, clothes, prints, dog collars, essential oils and more." Been and food from The Ruck, taro readings, chair massages, entertainment. Saturday, December 10 9 am-4 pm and Sunday, Saturday, December 10 1-7 pm and Sunday, December 11 11 am-4 pm -- $5

St. Kateri Fair Trade Market
December 10-December11 | St. Kateri (2216 Rosa Rd, Schenectady
Another event connected with the Delmar Fair Trade Market. Saturday, December 10 9 am-4 pm and Sunday, December 11 9 am-2 pm

Altamont Victorian Holiday Celebration & Winter Market
December 11 | multiple locations in Altamont
More than 25 vendors across five venues in the village. Saturday, December 10 9 am-4 pm and Sunday, December 11 noon-5 pm

Shaker Christmas Craft Fair
ongoing through December 17 | Shaker Historic Site in Colonie
"Over 75 local and regional artisans are represented, offering thousands of items for your perusal. Jewelry, apparel, ornaments, household goods, toys and gourmet jams are among the most popular items." Monday-Saturday 10-4 pm

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

Basilica Hudson and ACCVB advertise on AOA.

photo via Basilica Hudson


Valatie is having a winter walk festival too, according to their website:

" WinterWalk, sponsored by the Village of Valatie, the Valatie Santa Claus Club, and the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association (V.E.R.A.) begins with a Winter Parade at 4pm. There will be sales at local stores, holiday treats, artisans, raffles, live music, dancers, entertainment and more.

The parade will be populated by firetrucks and rescue vehicles from several local fire departments, as well as carolers from regional organizations, and parade-stopping performances from KJ's Gymnastics. A classical feature of Valatie's winter parade is Santa Claus riding through the village on his sleigh."

Lots of local artisans' wares are at The Shop at The Arts Center, 265 River Street, Troy. Open Tues-Friday, 11-4; Saturday 11-3, and Sunday Dec 4 for Victorian Stroll.

Here are two great upcoming free events in Albany:

HANDMADE AT THE HOLLOW: A great selection of art, home decor and handmade gifts on display at the Hollow Bar and Kitchen (79 North Pearl Street) for Small Business Saturday (November 26th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm) in downtown Albany.

For more information:


ARTISAN MARKETPLACE AND HOLIDAY CONCERT: First Friday, December 2nd (5:30-8:00pm) at First Presbyterian Church of Albany (362 State Street, on Washington Park). Featuring a great selection of local artisans and:

In concert:



For more information:

Hamagrael Elementary school in Delmar puts on an excellent show with good quality vendors on Sat December 3, 10am-4pm.

Kick off your holiday season with the annual open house & greens show - O CHRISTMAS TREE! -at the Mynderse-Frederick House on Rt 146 in Guilderland Center.

Free entertainment & refreshments along with ornaments, wreaths & arrangements will be for sale. Admission is free & nonperishable food donations areu accepted for local food pantry.

Dates: FRI 12/2 from 4 to 8pm. SAT 12/3 from 1 to 5pm. SUN 12/4 from 1 to 5pm

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