Get a head-start on your search for those one-of-a-kind holiday presents. These holiday bazaars around the state are sure to put you in the shopping spirit.
Nov 2-4: Don’t forget to fill the stockings! The Allaire Auxiliary Members have been working as hard as elves to bring some of the Shore’s finest handmade crafters to Farmingdale. Pick up everything from ornaments to scarves at the craft show held in the main building of the historic village. Make sure to stop by the general store, enameling building and bakery.
Fri & Sat, 10 am-3 pm; Sun, noon-3 pm; Admission is free.
Nov 3: Shop til you drop at one of the largest holiday gift and craft shows in South Jersey. You’ll find the perfect presents among the 80 craft and artisan booths. Don’t miss the bake sale, decorated holiday tree sale and giveaways.
9 am-3 pm; Visitors are asked to donate canned goods for the food pantry or $2 at the main entrance.
West Park Methodist Church, Bridgeton
Nov 3-Dec 2: The historic halls of Paterson’s Lambert Castle will be decked out in Christmas decor for the 31st annual Passaic County Historical Society’s Holiday Boutique. Open for the entire month of November, the showcase offers shoppers an assortment of jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles and food. Excited shoppers can get a first look at the wares during the Wine and Cheese Preview Night on Friday, November 2 from 5-9:30 pm; $15 (includes two return visits).
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Thanksgiving Day; Opening weekend, Nov 3-4, $7 admission/donation (includes two return visits); general admission Nov 7-Dec 2, $6 (includes two return visits); children under 12 are free, no strollers permitted
Nov 10-11 & Dec 1-2: Peters Valley School of Craft is kicking off the holidays with a new event. During the Preview Weekend, hundreds of handmade products will be for sale in the first-floor retail space and the second-floor exhibition space. You have a second shopping opportunity on Dec 1-2 during the the annual Gallery Open House. There will be artist demonstrations, hot apple cider and a wide selection of ornaments, jewelry, pottery, clothing, accessories, soaps, toys, fine art and photography.
10 am-6 pm for both events.
Nov 15: Clothing, home goods, jewelry, toys, arts and crafts, floral arrangements, jams, chocolates and baked goods are just some of the items the vendors will be selling at the Carter House, home of the Summit Historical Society. If you work up an appetite from shopping, there will be hot cider and cookies available during the day. At night, you can enjoy wine and cheese as you peruse during “Carter House by Candlelight.”
10 am-4 pm, 6 pm-8pm; admission is free
Nov 23-24: Each year, Cape May holds over a dozen Crafts and Collectibles Shows. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, Cape May Convention Hall will be awash in unique wares from local crafters and artists for the annual holiday bazaar.
10 am-4 pm
Nov 30, Dec 1-2: Tuckerton Seaport hauls out the holly for the annual Christkindlmarkt, a family-friendly event with a Holiday Market and Craft Fair under a huge heated tent and throughout the Seaport buildings. Get in the holiday spirit with a horse drawn wagon ride, stop by the food truck food courts, enjoy live entertainment and watch craft demonstrators.
Fri, 4-8 pm; Sat, 10 am-5 pm; Sun, 10 am-4 pm; Bring a new unwrapped toy and ride the Frozen Woods Hay Ride for free!
Dec 1-2: The Lake Mohawk boardwalk turns into a winter wonderland during the German Christmas Market. A biergarten, food market, live wood-carvings, all-day entertainment and a special visit from St. Nicholas will spread some Christmas cheer. A portion of the funds raised benefit local charities and organizations.
Sat, 10 am-9 pm; Sun, 10 am-5 pm; $1 suggested donation.
Dec 7-9: Find unique gifts for everyone on your list at this three-day, curated shopping event features the work of 165 artists and craftspeople. There will also be basket-weaving and copper-smithing demonstrations.
Fri, 4-8 pm; Sat, 10 am-6 pm; Sun, 10 am-5 pm; $10, $9 for seniors, children under 16 are free.