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’17 Holiday Events in the Hartford Area

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Best events for gift giving.

7th Annual Hartford Harvest Market
When: Saturday, November 18th, 10 AM-2 PM
Where: Knox, Inc. 75 Laurel St, Hartford
What: Shop local this Thanksgiving season at the 7th Annual Harvest Market. Find fresh CT-grown produce, bread, homemade gifts and more from local vendors, as well as arts & crafts for the kids. Also, make sure to come hungry, they’ll be food trucks on the premise. Come support Hartford and enjoy local gifts, eats and live music!

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When: Sunday, November 19th, 12-5PM
Where: 30 & 56 Arbor Street, Hartford
What: Crafted will be bringing together local businesses and talent in food, art, beauty, design, and (our fav) … alcohol – as we kick off the holiday gift-giving season! We’ll be setting up a table at the event, so if you find us, say hi, play some corn hole, and receive an exclusive coupon bundle filled with deals from local businesses and restaurants.

Holiday KNOW GOOD Bazaar
When: Saturday, December 9th, 11AM-5PM
Where: 30-50 Bartholomew Ave, Hartford
What: We all know the KNOW GOOD Markets… but have you been to a KNOW GOOD Bazaar yet?! Shop from local businesses and crafty vendors for the perfect holiday gifts and to get you into the holiday season.

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Art+Soul Hartford
When: Sunday, December 10th, 11AM-4PM
Where: Hartford ArtSpace Gallery
What: Shop at Hartford’s 4th annual pop-up market and fundraiser at ArtSpace. You’ll find cool, unique gifts from local vendors while supporting those in need. PLUS, 100% of the vendor registration fee will be donated to Protectors of Animals (POA) organization, along with 20% or more of sales.

Shoppes at Farmington Valley
When: Throughout the Holiday Season
Where: Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton
What: Walk around and get your holiday shopping done at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley. Throughout the holiday season, they have hayrides, Christmas carols, and special Christmas events. It makes for a great place to walk around at night. And while you’re there, we highly recommend grabbing some dinner at Flatbread, which offers flatbread pizzas from locally sourced ingredients, all in an open, warm environment with a large brick-oven fireplace – a perfect spot to warm up from the cold.


Best events for getting into the holiday spirit.

Winterfest Hartford
When: November 24th – January 2nd
Where: Bushnell Park, Hartford
What: It’s BACCCCK. Winterfest 2017 officially opens November 24th and will run until January 2nd. Enjoy free ice skating, free rentals and free skating classes at the skating rink in Bushnell Park.

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Winterfest & Tunnel of Lights
When: November 24th – December 30th
Where: Connecticut Trolley Museum
What: Nothing gets you in the holiday mood like going on a trolley ride filled with thousands of holiday lights, decorations, and carols. When you get to the Trolley Museum, you can choose to either ride a closed car, or get the full winter effect by riding the ‘electric sleigh.’ At the end of the ride, walk through their Winter Wonderland – filled with more decorations, hot cocoa, and holiday entertainment.

Festival of Silver Lights at Hubbard Park
When: November 21st – January 1st
Where: Hubbard Park, Meriden CT
What: Hubbard Park starts their annual holiday lights drive through on November 21st, throughout the holiday season. At 5:30PM they will have the lighting ceremony, which includes singing, the lighting, cookies, hot chocolate and incredible light displays. After the ceremony, the drive-through will run until January 1st. The drive through takes about 10-15 minute, and you can go through as many times as you’d like. This event is FREE to the public and starts right at the base of Craig’s Castle.