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8 Holiday Markets to Shop Local in Westchester This Winter

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Experience seasonal magic at these craft fairs and festivals, which make it easy to support local and check off everyone on your list.

The merriest season of the year has arrived in Westchester, and with it comes a wealth of wintery happenings nearly as long as Santa’s list. While sparkling light shows and tree lightings are high on the list of things to do, nothing sparks excitement quite like making a visit to the holiday markets of Westchester County. Throughout November and December, Westchester goes all out with craft festivals and shopping pop-ups that spotlight local artisans and unique wares.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your list (and don’t forget to check it twice), then stop by one or all of these holiday markets to find one-of-a-kind gifts for all the people on your list this winter.

Light Up Larchmont

Throughout Larchmont
November 27 and December 4

More than a holiday market, Light Up Larchmont is a series of seasonal events spread across two weekends in the village. As for the shopping, the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce rounded up village businesses to spotlight local deals in its online holiday shopping portal. Browse through the digital catalog here to view the dozens and dozens of shops participating this year. It’s the perfect option if you’d rather tackle holiday shopping in pajamas than in a winter coat.

 

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Project of Love Holiday Fair

Melita’s Home, Ossining
November 27

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Melita’s Home celebrates Small Business Saturday in Westchester with a special holiday fair. Stop by the chic boutique to browse unique gifts created by local artists. While you’re there, don’t forget to browse the perfectly curated housewares at the shop as well. If you happen to pick up something for yourself, we promise we won’t tell. This event is free to attend.

 

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New Rochelle Holiday Market

New Rochelle Train Station, New Rochelle
December 3-12, 12-8 p.m. weekends and 2-8 p.m. weekdays

New Rochelle brings holiday sparkle to the city with its seasonal market. Running from early to mid-December, this market takes place in a special winter village inside the New Rochelle train station. Stop by each day for fun to-dos like swag bag giveaways, food samples, DJs, local choirs, performers, and entertainment designed just for kids. Plus, keep an eye out for free classes on everything from wreath making to mixology. And did we mention there’s an Instagram booth, too? As for the vendors, this market makes an effort to allow minority- and women-owned businesses the chance to showcase their wares.

Yonkers Downtown Winter Market

Van Der Donck Park, Yonkers
December 4, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Yonkers Downtown BID embraces the holiday spirit on the first Saturday of December with a winter market at Van Der Donck Park. Stop by to shop goods from local artisans, then stick around to enjoy the massive 20-foot slide and bouncy castle, and listen to tunes by DJ Ultra Violet. This fair is free to attend, so round up the family for an afternoon of fun in Yonkers.

 

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White Plains Holiday Market

Court St between Main St and Martine Ave
December 5-19, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A partnership between the White Plains BID, the City of White Plains, and 914PopUps means that the White Plains holiday market is here to deliver seasonal shopping to the Westchester community for a full 15 days. At the market, look for more than 60 vendors from around the county showcasing wares ranging from apparel, arts, and jewelry to food and drink. If you’re looking for a tree, the market has you covered on that front as well, with trees and wreaths available to help turn your house into a holiday home. The White Plains market is free to enter, so feel free to stop by on multiple days with family and friends.

 

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Art Boutique: Handmade Gifts, Affordable Art

Pelham Art Center, Pelham
November 27 – December 23; Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Pelham Art Center offers a real shopping treat to locals in December. Its Art Boutique is open from November 27 through December 23, which means that there’s more than enough time to plan a visit. If you’re looking for something extra-special, bookmark the Shop & Sip event on December 9 from 5-8 p.m. Taking place on a Thursday evening in December, this evening shopping fest is the perfect opportunity to keep your holiday shopping local. Head to the Art Boutique to sip a glass of bubbly or a signature cocktail while browsing unique gifts and artwork from local, emerging, and mid-career artists specializing in media ranging from ceramics and housewares to jewelry and wood. Price points vary to accommodate every budget, and members receive 10 percent off their purchase. How’s that for a holiday treat?

29th Annual White Plains High School Holiday Craft Fair

White Plains High School, White Plains
December 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Now in its 29th year, White Plains High School’s craft fair is back and better than ever. Entry to and parking for the event is free, with access to shopping for homemade crafts, gifts, locally made jewelry, aromatherapy products, and even White Plains spirit wear inside the North and South Gyms. More than 75 vendors are confirmed to attend the fair, which is organized by the White Plains High School PTA. There will be food for sale as well in case you need fuel while you’re finding those perfect presents.

 

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Art on Market

Ridge Hill, Yonkers
Weekends

All about artsy gifts this holiday season? Head to Ridge Hill for its Art on Market event, which goes down each weekend and features an assorted medley of artists. There’s quite the range of shoppable items here, and the selection varies by weekend, so head to the website in advance to see which wares are available when. Highlights include botanical mixed media from ReTerrarium, candles from Yonkers Wax Co., and beauty products from Wild Rabbit Apothecary, among others.

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