There are six local holiday markets in Albany County waiting for you to shop. They all have unique gifts for everyone on your list and you can feel good about your purchases because you are shopping local.
Historic Albany Foundation's Festive at 48
On December 4th from 10 am until 2 pm, you can get into the holiday spirit at Albany's oldest building. It will be decked with holiday decorations and yuletide cheer. There will be warm cider, free tours of this historic building, and local vendors with items for sale. You can reserve your spot to take a free twenty-minute tour.
Lark Hall Winter Market
Support local business with a stop at the Lark Hall Winter Market. On December 12th there will be over twenty local makers, farmers, and food vendors set up in the performing arts venue. There will also be live musical performances from local artists.
Shaker Holiday Market
The Shaker Holiday Market is held in the historic 1848 Meeting House at the Shaker Heritage Society. There are one-of-a-kind gifts from area crafters and artisans. You will find homemaker ornaments, jams, soaps, jewelry, pottery, foods, and more. The holiday market is open through December 19th Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 am until 5 pm.
Irish American Heritage Museum Christmas Market
There is a new location this year. The Christmas Market will be held at the Celtic Hall at 430 New Karner Road in Colonie. There will be over twenty-five vendors, Irish food, and entertainment to enjoy. You can shop for handmade and imported gifts. There will be live Irish musical performances as well. The market is on December 4th.
The Kenmore Holiday Market
The holiday market will be held at the Kenmore Ballroom on December 4th from 10 am until 2 pm. There will be thirty local artists, vendors, and makers that will be selling handcrafted gifts. There is something for everyone on your holiday list. While you're there check out the beautiful renovations to the Kenmore Ballroom.
Italian Christmas Market
The Italian Christmas Market is held at the American Italian Heritage Museum & Cultural Center from December 3rd through December 5th. Each room is transformed into a festive marketplace. There are Italian language greeting cards and authentic made-in-Italy foods, cookbooks, jewelry, music, and much more. Check out the room-sized Italian Nativity Special Exhibit on display.