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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

In Boston, it’s not at all uncommon for Christmas to arrive a bit early. In fact, it happens just about every year.

This weekend, the Boston Christmas Festival returns to the Seaport World Trade Center, bringing with it early tidings of seasonal cheer, gifts of every variety and some truly mind-blowing gingerbread houses.

For early shoppers and families in the area, it’s a cornucopia of opportunity and entertainment.

Here’s a little preview.

Seaport Trade Center

Photo: Entrance to Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center during winter

Now entering its 28th year, the Boston Christmas Festival is a celebration of the holiday season and what makes it so special. Starting on Friday, November 7 and running through Sunday, November 9, the 2014 festival will feature 300+ craft artists, with something for bargain seekers, lavish consumers and everyone else in between. Admission is free for kids aged 13 and under, with tickets running $15 for everyone else (although a discount coupon can reduce that price!)

Out of the extensive lineup, a handful of artists have been selected as Featured Artisans, and shoppers would do well to scan the list before they attend. Although the featured folks represent a small fraction of will be on site, the breadth of their specialties paints a pretty good picture of the festival’s variety; soap, Celtic crests, clothing, glasswork, jewelry, custom dog collars and decorative woods are just a few of the offerings, and that’s just from the featured group of twenty.

Healing Touch Pottery

Photo: Mother’s Mugs from Healing Touch Pottery at the Boston Christmas Festival via Facebook

Even with all enticing the gift options at the Boston Christmas Festival, the stars of the show just might be made of gingerbread. Each year, several top chefs take part in a Gingerbread House competition, tapping into an entirely different kind of culinary creativity. The results are consistently spectacular, and, best of all, the proceeds go to Housing Families as a part of the greater effort to end homelessness.

2013 gingerbread winner

Photo: A very special gingerbread garden, which took home top honors in 2013, via Facebook

Given the Seaport World Trade Center’s central location in the city, it’s easy to get to and from the festival. On the T, Boston’s subway, the trade center is a few stops away from South Station along the Silver Line. The site is also accessible by bus and the festival website has some good suggestions on parking nearby, too.

Of course, one day of shopping can easily turn into two or three, and fortunately, there’s no shortage of accommodations in the area for when that happens. The Boston Seaport Hotel hosts the event on its premises, so that’s definitely the easiest place. The Harborside Inn is another convenient spot, while the Boston Omni Parker House Hotel makes three.

For a look at more overnight spots in Boston, click here. You can also take a look at more festive happenings on the way to Massachusetts here.

Which winter holiday event do you always look forward to? Tell us in the comments below!

Photo at the top courtesy of Boston Christmas Festival and via Facebook


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