Fresh Gift Ideas in the Berkshires

Things are different here in the Berkshires. Our idea of holiday shopping involves a good old fashion holiday market. These festive marketplaces showcase unique, one-of-a-kind offerings by local artisans, designers and farmers.  In fact, they’ve become my go-to place to stock up on totally original finds – the kind that has everyone raving about my creative gift giving. And you can always stay overnight and get cozy at one of our Main Street hotels.

Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market

With a motto of “Buy Local, Vintage and Handmade", this Thanksgiving weekend staple, located just across the state line in the hamlet of Hudson, NY, is part timeless flea and farmer’s market and part 21st Century craft and design fair. And with over 10,000 square feet of raw space, there’s lots and lots of really cool gift ideas for everyone on your list.  General admission: $5 for full weekend. Kids under 12 free.

Friday, November 23 from 12 pm – 7 pm
Saturday, November 24 from 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 25 from 10 am – 6 pm

Berkshire Botanical Gardens

Situated on the outskirts of the village of Stockbridge, this annual year-end event finds the landmark Gardens transformed into a glistening holiday market featuring the Gallery of Wreaths (a Garden tradition), a holiday plant sale featuring hand-selected flowering plants, traditional centerpieces and holiday swags, and regional craft vendors offering a range of products from hand-made giftware and jewelry to beeswax and felted products.

December 1 from 11 am - 5 pm
December 2 from 10 am - 4 pm

Berkshire Grown

Berkshire Grown’s Holiday Farmers Markets provide an opportunity for residents and visitors throughout Berkshire County to access local foods and products in the winter months and have become an essential source of off-season income for Berkshire farmers. All markets feature locally-grown and produced foods, live music, lunch fare, and activities for children. Admission free.

Great Barrington Winter Farmers Markets
3rd Saturdays November – April from 10 am -2 pm
Monument Valley Middle School

Williamstown Holiday Farmers Markets
3rd Sundays November and December from 10 am - 2pm
Williams College Towne Field House

Greylock Works

Greylock Works, or gWorks, is a North Adams-based Fall Festive and holiday market that celebrates the unique magic of the Berkshires and beyond. Set in an expansive, light-filled mill, the 30,000 square foot open marketplace includes culinary crafters, local farmers, fermenters, and the region’s best artisan makers. The event also includes a selection of local food fare and free acoustic entertainment throughout the day.  General admission $5. Children under 12 free.

Saturday, November 17 from 10:30 am – 5 pm

Handmade Holiday Festival

The Handmade Holiday Festival, located in the historic Stationery Factory in Dalton, is a curated holiday market featuring contemporary artisans, designers, farmers and food producers.  Showcasing handmade goods by local and regional artisans, it gives shoppers the opportunity to meet and support the makers of their gifts and keep holiday spending in the community! Live music, children's art making, and delicious prepared food adds to the festivities. Admission free.

Saturday, December 1 from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, December 2 from 10 am – 3 pm

Holiday Shindy

Known as one of the most spectacular handmade craft fairs in the region; the Holiday Shindy boasts all sorts of artisans, including woodworkers, toymakers, printers, jewelers, ceramicists, apothecaries, clothing designers, up-cyclers, farmers and more!  Food and music as well. The Shindy is located in a repurposed historic Notre Dame Church building in downtown Pittsfield. General admission $3. Children under 12 free.

Saturday, December 8 from 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, December 9 from 11 am - 4 pm