The Fine Art of Gift Giving

Across the state, holiday craft shows give locals the chance to collect handmade gifts


Yes, it’s convenient to use an Amazon Wish List. Scroll, scroll, click, click – a half-hour later, all your holiday shopping is done. But there’s nothing exciting about it. Online shopping feels like a chore, like paying your electric bill. Loved ones open their pre-wrapped bags and boxes, and you wonder what you even ordered for them.

The opposite? Browsing the displays of a holiday art market, where local artists and crafters show their wares. Instead of algorithms, you’ll find ceramics, paintings, kitchen implements, and tableware that you have never seen before – because it was physically created by the person in front of you. Art markets gather creatives from across the region, some of whom may even be your neighbors.

November 16: Artisan Fair
For a wide sampling of South County artists, visit the Pettaquamscutt Lake Shores Clubhouse.

November 16: Holiday Extravaganza Craft Fair
The Craft Fair is just one of the many community activities hosted by the Kelley Gazzero VFW each year. 

November 23: Holiday Celebration Craft Fair
A fun community fair at the Brightridge Club, in the heart of East Providence. 

November 24: Chez Pascal Holiday Craft Show
Shop for unique gifts, then visit the Wurst Kitchen window for homemade sausages. 

November 30: WaterFire Holiday Art & Craft Festival
One of the most famous arts organizations in the state opens its massive space to artisans of all kinds.

December 1: Holiday Arts Market
The Jamestown Arts Center transforms from community school into a creative market.

December 1-22: Field of Artisans
The renowned South County showcase takes place every Sunday at Whalers Brewery, along with other locations across the state.

December 5: Small Works Holiday Show
The HeART Spot showcases small works marked at less than $150. 

December 5-15: Foundry Artists Holiday Show
See what the Foundry Artists have created this year at the Pawtucket Armory. 

December 7: Holiday Spectacular Artisan Craft Fair
Aquidneck collectors browse the ample aisles at the Newport Elks Lodge. 

December 7: Cardboard Pancakes!
New Urban Arts adds edge to the Providence cultural scene – and its annual market wins for most original name. 

December 7-8: Craft & Kitsch Winter Market
If it’s chintzy, campy, or mod, you’re likely to find it at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative’s annual market.

December 7-8: PVD Winter Lights Market
Food vendors and a Christmas tree lighting at Providence City Hall make this market particularly magical. 

December 8 & 15: Providence Flea Holiday Market
Now in its seventh year, the beloved urban flea market returns for the holidays at WaterFire Arts Center. 

December 22: BAFL Market
BAFL = “Brunch Art and Flea Market.” Savor a late breakfast and collect crafts at Laferge Church.

Through December 23: Little Pictures Show & Sale
The hallowed Providence Art Club sets up shop for small art objects at affordable prices.