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Boston Christmas Festival (Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA)

Date Of Event: November 2-4, 2018

Location: Seaport World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA

Hours: Friday: Noon-7pm, Saturday: 10 am-6 pm, Sunday: 10 am-5 pm

Cost: $14 per person, kids under 14 get in for free

Parking/Public Transportation:

  • Seaport Hotel Parking Lot – Sat/Sun = $22 special event parking (flat fee). 200 Seaport Blvd – 4 entrances one on each side of the block across the street from the Boston Christmas Festival. Friday hourly rates apply
  • 391 Congress St – Friday = $24 Saturday and Sunday = $15 per space
  • SBWTC (South Boston Waterfront Transportation Center) brand new garage – $38 max. Use World Trade Center ramp to walk to Festival

You can also get there by taking the Red Line on the MBTA to South Station and taking the SL 3 (Chelsea) train on the Silver Line to the World Trade Center stop.  The World Trade Center is across the street from the train station on WTC Ave

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Service dogs may be allowed

Website: Boston Christmas Festival

Highlights: gingerbread houses, over 350 vendors, cafe, family friendly activities

Tips: you can buy tickets in advance of the  website, Fridays are usually the least crowded days to visit, there is a coat check available at the event

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After so many Halloween celebrations, the Christmas spirit is in the air.  To kick off the official holiday spirit, the Seaport World Trade Center held their 32nd annual Boston Christmas Festival.

The festival is usually held annually the first weekend of November.  Besides the various vendors, the festival also features a Gingerbread house contest.

This Gingerbread Ship won Most Creative.

This house won the Kid’s Choice award.

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I liked this one best.  It won “Most Tasty.”  You can’t go wrong with that!

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This house won for best decoration.

And, this wintry display won Best In Show.

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Of course, the biggest part of the festival are the shops.  With over 350 vendors, there was something for everyone.

There’s nothing like colorful wreaths and trees to get you into the spirit.

The best time to visit the event, in terms of crowds, is Friday (preferable when it begins at noon time on Friday) or early on Saturday and Sunday, although I have remembered walking past the World Trade Center last year during this festival and seeing people waiting outside to get in before the doors opened.  Many people were either still at work or more interested in getting home on a Friday night.  The festival was actually pretty quiet and I did not have to wait in line to get in.  There was lots of room to roam around during my visit.  These aisles were surely more packed on Saturday and Sunday.

I particularly liked the wooden decorative displays at Wired Primitives.  Based out of Auburn, MA, Wired Primitives uses pine to make these displays.  They are all hand made and each piece is hand drawn and made by Beth, the owner of the company.

Another cute shop was this vendor who makes all of the outer shells of her ornaments out of egg shells.

The ladies at One Simple Chick have some home made wreaths and other holiday items.

We’ll be needing these soon enough.  In fact, I’m pretty sure some of us New Englanders have already used them.

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Kathleen at Holiday House Treasures makes seasonal figurines,

Lynne at  Garden Treasures Designs  makes floral arrangements for weddings as well as arrangements and decorative items for the holidays.

Pauline at Country Snowmen and Friends makes all of her holiday decorations by hand.  Her shop is located in Portsmouth, NH.

These holiday goods are made out of re-purposed or “up purposed” items.

Some of the vendors and shoppers got in the holiday spirit.

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Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like illuminated hats!  I purposefully underexposed this photo (yeah, I did it on purpose, sure let’s go with that) to show off the lights on these hats.

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This vendor was dressed for the season.  He told me he was planning on wearing a different holiday themed suit for each day of the festival.

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I saw so many people dressed with antler headwear and other holiday headwear.  I love the snowman hat in this photo!

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Although it may be too late to attend the festival this year, this annual event occurs every year at the World Trade Center in Boston.  See you there next year!


27th Annual Gingerbread House Contest (Portsmouth, NH)

Date Of Visit: December 17, 2017

Location: Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street
Portsmouth NH 03801

Hours: Open March 18, through December 23, 2017, 9:30-5, Daily and First Fridays until 8pm for Art ‘Round Town

Cost: Free

Parking: There are several parking lots in the Portsmouth area.  The closest lot to the exhibit is on Bridge St (enter 1 Bridge St in your GPS).  It is literally across the street from Discover Portsmouth

Handicapped Accessible:

Website:2017 Gingerbread Houses

Highlights: Gingerbread houses

Tips:

  • The Gingerbread Houses are on display from Dec.1 until Dec. 23 each year
  • Most parking lots in the area don’t start charging until 12 p.m. on Sunday, although you can park there by 9 or 10 and park for free until noon time

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Each Christmas the Portsmouth Historical Society sponsors a Gingerbread House competition.  Besides being delicious looking, the gingerbread houses on display

The houses ranged from the elaborate to basic.  Most of the houses were created by children.  But there were some adult, non profit, business and family entries as well.

Some of the gingerbread houses already had winning ribbons on them.

Below are all of the gingerbread houses on display before Christmas.  They are no longer on display, at least not until next year’s competition.

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St. Nichols – Family Entry

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The Candy Factory – Youth Group

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Candy Factory Restaurant – Youth Group

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The Ox Cart Man _ Youth Group

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Candy Land – Family Entry

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Winter Lighthouse – Youth Group entry

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Holiday Lighthouse – Youth Group entry

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The Holiday barn – Youth group entry

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The Yummy House _ Youth Group entry

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John Paul Jones House (a replica of the landmark house on the same street as the historical society) – Adult Entry

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The Ice House – Adult Entry

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Cottage Christmas – Youth Group entry

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Lost In The Snow – Family Entry

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Montessori Magic On Dover’s 6th Street – Adult Entry

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Home Sweet Home – Youth Group

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Surf Shop – Youth Group Entry

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Candyland Palace – Youth Group

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The Skating Snowflake Lodge – Youth Group

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The Year Santa Got Stuck – Adult Entry

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Frozen Wonderland – Family Entry

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Day After The Storm – Youth Group

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Fisher Cat Express – Youth Group

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We Fish You A Merry Xmas – Family Entry

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Panda Christmas – Family Entry

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The Elves Garden – Youth Group

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The Island Villa – Youth Group

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Cindy Lou Who Gets An IPhone – Adult Entry

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Gingerbread Council – Organization Entry

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Gingerbread Mouse – Family Entry

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The Moffatt-Ladd House – Business Entry

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Bright Lights And Nothing But Blue Skies

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Stained Glass Cathedral – Adult Entry

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The Winter House – Youth Group

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The Christmas Barn – Youth Group

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Winter Camping – Youth Group

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Easy Peasy Winter Breezy – Youth Group

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Mushroom Castle – Youth Group

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Snowy Cottage – Youth Group

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Winter In Paradise Falls – Youth Group

The Ginga Ninja’s of New Castle – Youth Group

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Sweet Holiday – Adult Entry

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Madi’s House – Youth Group

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Harborside Christmas – Youth Group

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Candy Village – Family Entry

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Bunny School – Youth Group

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Snowy Land Stadium – Youth Group

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Arrested For Breaking And Entering – Adult Entry

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Winter House – Youth Group

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Pink Wonderland – Youth Group

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Santa’s Snow Coaster – Family Entry

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The Lonely Lodge – Youth Group

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Winter Wonderland – Youth Group

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Sweet Shack – Youth Group

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Christmas In Gillette – Business Entry

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Emmet’s House – Youth Group

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The Candy House – Family Entry

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Celebrating Together Because Families Come First – Nonprofit Entry

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Halloween Hut – Youth Group

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Elf Village _ Youth Group

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Hansel & Gretel’s Mansion – Youth Group

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Hurricane Irma – Youth Group

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Troop Club House – Youth Group

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Snowmobile – Youth Group

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The House Of Candy Past – Family Entry

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California Garden – Family Entry

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The Three Disney Eers – Youth Group

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Fort Constitution – Youth Group

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Hoping For A White Christmas (and their wish came true) – Family Entry

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Temple Israel In Honor Of Rabbi Senter – Adult Entry

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The Village – Youth Group

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Santa’s Coming – Adult Entry

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Castle Byers – Youth Group

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Christmas House – Youth Group

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The Babysitting Palace – Youth Group

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Merrily We Go Around – Business/Non-Profit Entry

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Little Harbor Chapel – Adult Entry

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Polar Pond – Youth Group

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Igloo Oasis – Youth Group

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The Crusher – Youth Group

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Meowy Christmas – Family Entry

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Cutts Mansion – Adult Entry

Looking at all of those gingerbread houses can make you hungry.  Not to worry.  The historical society has your back.  Cans of loose candy are scattered throughout the displays.

The historical society was decorated tastefully for the holiday event.

After viewing the gingerbread houses, visitors were given the opportunity to build their own gingerbread houses on the second floor of the historical society.

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Which gingerbread house(s) did you like best?

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and successful 2018!