This time of year is filled with holiday cheer, sparkling lights and tons of shopping, of course! Shop local this holiday season for handcrafted goods from local makers at festive holiday markets. Not only are these markets stocked with unique gifts, but they are a great way to support Albany County's small businesses, museums and local heritage sites. Make plans to shop local at one of the following seasonal markets this holiday season!
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Shaker Holiday Market
Find the perfect gift at the Shaker Holiday Market! Held in the historic 1848 Meeting House at Shaker Heritage Society, the holiday market features one-of-a-kind gifts from regional artisans. Find a variety of handmade ornaments, pottery, jams, soaps, jewelry, artisan foods and more. The holiday market is open until December 19 on Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free and donations are welcome.
Annual Italian Christmas Market
Visit the American Italian Heritage Museum & Cultural Center for the annual Italian Christmas Market on December 3 to December 5. The exhibit rooms are transformed into festive marketplaces. Purchase gifts such as Italian language greeting cards and Made-In-Italy items such as foods, cookbooks, music, jewelry and more! The museum's beautiful room-sized Italian Nativity Special Exhibit will also be back on display.
The Lark Street Mercantile Holiday Market
Handcrafted holiday cheer awaits! The Lark Street Mercantile is hosting its second annual Holiday Market at the Kenmore Ballroom on December 4 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Browse over 30 local artists, makers and vendors selling handcrafted gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. If you have not admired the Kenmore Ballroom yet in-person, this is the perfect opportunity to see the stunning renovations.
Annual Irish American Heritage Museum Christmas Market
The Irish American Heritage Museum's annual Christmas Market is back and bigger than ever before! The market will be held at a new location this year at the Celtic Hall at 430 New Karner Road in Colonie on December 4. Browse over 25 vendors and enjoy Irish food and entertainment. Listen to live musical performances from Irish Don Kelly, Rick Bedrosian, and Marni Gillard while shopping for handmade and imported gifts.
Festive at 48
Get in the holiday spirit with Historic Albany Foundation's Festive at 48 on December 4 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The halls of Albany’s oldest building will be decked with yuletide decorations. Enjoy warm cider, free tours of the historic building and items for sale from local vendors in a festive atmosphere! Reserve your spot on a free 20-minute tour in advance.
Lark Hall Winter Market
The historic Lark Hall hosts a monthly Winter Market. Stop by on December 12 to support small businesses with over 20 local makers, farmers and food vendors set up in the performing arts venue. Grab a brunch beverage at the bar and enjoy live musical performances from local artists!