While we won’t warm up shoulder-to-shoulder at artisan fairs as we have in holidays past, there are plenty of opportunities to support local shop owners, artists, and the creative community this season. The selection of goods and vendors is as wondrous as ever, and shopkeepers and event coordinators have safe shopping protocols in place. From a stroll through Provincetown for Holly Folly, to a visit to Orleans for the Farmers’ Market, with a few well-chosen stops in between, here’s where to find handmade and local gifts for everyone on your list.
Holly Folly, Provincetown’s annual LGBTQ+ holiday-themed festival, is on this weekend, Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6. Head to ptown.org/calendar/holly-folly/ for a list of shops, galleries, restaurants, and inns that will be open.
Wellfleet Preservation Hall is hosting its 12th annual Holiday Bazaar outdoors on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will feature handmade pottery, textiles, jewelry, art, children’s goods, and more from local artisans and craft vendors — there will be over 20 in all. And the cafe will be offering homemade soups, hot cocoa, and treats. The Hall is located at 335 Main Street in Wellfleet. View the list of vendors at wellfleetpreservationhall.org.
Through Monday, Dec. 7, the Wellfleet Farmers Market is hosting its first-ever “Baskets of Love” auction. Bidders will have the chance to win a collection of items and gifts provided by Wellfleet businesses, local celebrities, and lovers of the farmers market. Check out wellfleetfarmersmarket.com for more.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6 are the days to stop in at Longstreet Gallery in Eastham. Their Holiday Hustle offers a way to shop small and arty this year. It’s an extravaganza of original artworks, prints, posters, ceramics, sculpture, assemblage, quilting, apparel, holiday cards, ornaments, and more. Longstreet Gallery is at 4730 Rt. 6 in Eastham. The Hustle is on from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Take a peek at longstreetgallery.com.
Take a road trip beyond the rotary to stop in at the Orleans Farmers’ Market. They’re going strong outdoors from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas — Dec. 5, 12, and 19. In addition to locally grown produce, you’ll find baked treats, handmade gifts, plants, and more. The market is also hosting a Holiday Artisan Market with more than 15 vendors on two of those Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. Vendors set up at 21 Old Colony Way and orleansfarmersmarket.com offers details.
This year’s Love Local Fest Holiday Edition will include Saturday shopping on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but they do recommend reserving your time spot in advance. Instead, LoveLiveLocal fans can shop the nonprofit local business advocacy group’s 25 participating makers online all week long, Dec. 5 through 12 at lovelivelocal.com/virtualfest.