Holiday shopping season has begun.
This year, check out one of New Jersey’s festive markets and bazaars, located all around the state. Not only is it a great chance to shop local—supporting artisans, designers and shops based right here in the Garden State—but shopping can become a fun seasonal activity, too. Many markets also host performances, tree lightings and activities for kids—and sell tasty treats.
Here are 10 Garden State spots bursting with seasonal spirit.
November 26–28 (10 am–6 pm)
The Red Mill Museum in Clinton—which was recently named one of New Jersey Monthly’s Favorite Historic Towns—plays host to a Winter Village complete with a German-style outdoor craft market, seasonal fare, craft beer and beautiful holiday decorations on the grounds.
Red Hill Museum, Clinton; $10.
November 26–27 (10 am–4 pm)
Union’s top crafters and artists offer up their wares, from pottery to paintings to jewelry to home decor. A map of participating locations is available on the Union Craft Crawl’s Facebook page.
November 27–December 19 (noon–5 pm)
Inspired by Germany’s traditional “Weihnachtsmarkts,” this bazaar will be packed with vendors, live music, arts and crafts, food and photo stations. Those of age can also enjoy some craft beers.
Whitechapel Projects, Long Branch; FREE admission.
Sundays from November 28 until December 19 (noon–5 pm)
Browse the works of area vendors while enjoying holiday entertainment, crafting and tasty eats.
Asbury Hotel, Asbury Park; FREE admission.
December 1–12 (noon–8 pm)
The Tuckerton Seaport’s first-ever 12 Days of Christmas event features a pop-up gift shop and holiday boat tours. There’s also a reindeer scavenger hunt to keep kids happy while parents take care of any last-minute shopping.
The Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton; various prices.
December 4 (11 am–4 pm)
This winter village in Uptown Pitman includes local vendors and stores. Santa, meanwhile, will be hanging out in Ballard Park. Visitors can also make crafts, hear live music, and grab a bite to eat.
Ballard Avenue, Pitman; FREE admission.
December 3–5 (various hours)
At the 20th annual German Christmas Market, peruse and pick up authentic, festive foods and goods by local artisans. Proceeds go to Sussex County charities.
Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta; FREE admission.
December 10–12 (various hours)
Get your holiday shopping done with handcrafted accessories, sculptures, paintings and more. Cash only.
Morristown Armory, Morristown; $8–$10 (16 and under FREE).
December 11 (9:30 am–4:30 pm)
Enjoy a holiday bazaar, performances and more. Finish the day by watching the balsam fir tree-lighting ceremony.
Wildwoods Convention Center, Wildwood; FREE.
December 19 (10 am–4 pm)
This market features a plethora of local vendors and artists selling winter apparel, crafts, woodwork and other goods.
The Woodland, Maplewood; FREE.