Holiday Markets + Fitness

I LOVE the holidays. Ever since I made my home in the northeast, I look forward to the indoor and outdoor holiday markets with all the vendors lined up side by side. You just never know what you’re going to find, whether it’s a handcrafted candle that smells practically edible to THE best faux leather handbags that you swear you’re buying as a gift. (Right?!)


Besides all the fun to be had visiting each of the booths, holiday markets are the perfect place to get in those steps, too. Did you know that in general one city block is about 200 steps? If you can cover 10 blocks, you’ve gone about a mile. And you know you’ll see something you love, but won’t buy it just then and will have to walk back to get it later on. Now, you can just consider that part of your plan for getting to that 10,000 daily step count! (You’re welcome.)

AND this year, I’ll be one of the vendors at an upcoming holiday market, too. Come say hello at the Shop Small, Give Well: a Makers Market at mActivity on November 24th, which is also Small Business Saturday! (Another great opportunity to get out in your area to shop and walk those city blocks!)

Get your gift & wish lists in hand and get out there for some fit fun - shopping and walking!

Here’s a list of some upcoming holiday markets in New Haven, Connecticut and beyond…

And if you know of a holiday market in your area, share it in the comment section below!

Shop Small, Give Well: a Makers Market
(I’ll be here!!!)

Date: November 24
Location: mActivity, New Haven
Shop from favorite New England female artisans in a single location and on a single day. Presented by The Perpetual You & Mactivity, the market will feature 25+ makers selling jewelry, art, paper goods, pottery, candles, and skincare. (P.S. I’ll be there with my dish towels and a few other fun new items!)

Annual Celebration of American Crafts

Dates: November 24 - December 23, 2018
Location: Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven
125+ fine artists and makers are showcased in a juried sale of handmade objects including fiber art, small-scale sculpture, books, jewelry, ornaments, clothing, limited edition prints and photographs, traditional and contemporary pottery and ceramics, and more. New items daily.

Ice Sculpture Celebration & Holiday Events

Date: December 8
Location: The Shops at Yale, New Haven
This one is a little different...walk along the city streets to visit the boutiques AND check out the eight professional ice carvers, who will be transforming 900lbs of ice into a spectacular sculpture in only 4 hours. Plus, sing along with a cappella groups including, The Yale Alley Cats, Something Extra, Whim ‘n Rhythm, The New Blue, Proof of the Pudding, Guilford Carolers (formerly Guilford Voices) Yale Out of the Blue and more!

New Haven Night Market

Date: December 7
Location: Orange Street between Center and George
This street festival and winter market will showcase our vibrant and thriving city, inviting all to enjoy delicious local food & drink, browse curated artisan goods, and get involved with makers, crafters & causes under a canopy of light in the historic 9th Square.

Dudley Farm Holiday Open House & Market

Date: December 1 - 8
Location: Dudley Farm Museum
Step back in time and visit the 1844 Dudley farmhouse and museum for cookies, carols and merriment and browse through the two floors of the 1890 Munger Barn to purchase those special homegrown and handmade artisanal gifts presented by more than 30 local vendors. See Father Christmas, listen to the dulcimer, and experience the hospitality of a 19th century Connecticut farm.

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