Are you looking for handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and loved ones this holiday season? Searching for something unique and heartfelt to give that special someone? Here in Dutchess County, we’ve got you covered! With handmade markets popping up all over the county this holiday season, you can shop for everyone on your list and find plenty of quality items made right here in the Hudson Valley. From soaps and baked goods to jewelry and artwork, there is something for everyone at these Dutchess craft fairs:
Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25-27, 10 a.m. at Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie
Dozens of local vendors offer their unique creations, including pottery, potato vodka, handbags and nightlights. For a list of scheduled vendors, click here. Be sure to book your Locust Grove Holiday Mansion Tour; click here for details.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26 and 27 at Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie
The highly anticipated Craft Fair at DCC has become a holiday tradition. The juried market offers only the finest handmade items from more than 80 artists and producers. For more details, click here. For a coupon worth $1 off an admission ticket, click here.
Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 1-4 at the Trolley Barn Gallery, Poughkeepsie
Find locally made jewelry, greeting cards, textiles, wood products, prints, home decor items and so much more. More than 60 Hudson Valley creators expected! Grab a sweet treat from Ashley's Bakeshop, an organic, farm-fresh bakery that uses locally sourced ingredients. Paper Heart Puppets will put on family-friendly shows on Thursday and Friday. Click here for details.
Friday, Dec. 2, 4-8 p.m. at Gallery 40, Poughkeepsie
Browse through an incredible variety of precious stones, silver, unique creations and hot trends, all from a talented group of local makers, and bring home the perfect accessory or gift. Click here for details. Gallery 40 is one of a dozen stops on the Dutchess Tourism Inspiration Finder Arts and Culture Trail, which offers deals and discounts at various local arts-related establishments. To find out more, click here.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3 at Revel 32, Poughkeepsie
Your entire family is sure to enjoy beautifully decorated holiday trees and wreaths as you browse the wares of local artisans and vendors. Hey, kids! Bring your favorite teddy bear for an exclusive tea party and meet Santa on Saturday at 11 a.m. Story time is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. To purchase tickets, click here.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the MJN Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
This annual holiday craft fair at the former Mid-Hudson Civic Center highlights the finest Hudson Valley handmade products. To purchase tickets, [click here.] If time allows, make a weekend of it. The Mid-Hudson Reptile Expo is at the MJN Convention Center the following day, and the Poughkeepsie Grand hotel is right next door. The kids will love it!
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the 1777 Creek Meeting House, Clinton Corners
In addition to a wide selection of items, including reclaimed wood designs, goat milk soaps and beaded jewelry, there will also be delicious homemade soups and baked goods for sale. Eat in or take out! For more information, click here.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Millbrook
Shop your favorite crafts, including candles, jewelry, soaps, local wool yarn, as well as some new additions, like hand-thrown pottery, hand-woven baskets and shawls, Matryoshka nesting dolls and much, much more. There will also be a wide assortment of homemade Christmas cookies and candies from the decadent to the traditional, all made by the bakers of Grace Church. The cookies will be sold at $14 per pound. Yum! Click here for information and a list of vendors.
Dec. 15, 21, 22 and 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mesier Homestead and Museum, Wappingers Falls
Find items of interest to history buffs, as well as people who just love our area, including Hudson Valley books, artwork by local artists and unique gifts. Many of the products in stock are unique to the Wappingers Historical Society. For complete details, click here. To book your Signature Experience private tours of the historic homestead, click here.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23, as well as Dec. 21 and 22, 12-5 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon
Head to the “Jewel of Beacon” to find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Click here for details. The Howland Cultural Center is another of the stops on the Dutchess Tourism Inspiration Finder Arts and Culture Trail. Click here to learn more.