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Handmade for the Holidays … This is the season for spice and texture — evergreens and candlelight and makers gathering to show what they create by hand …

Handmade Holiday Festival
November 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stationery Factory in Dalton
Roots Rising’s curated holiday market returns with handcrafted gifts from more than 50 local artisans, makers and food producers — with live music, local food and a craft corner with Berkshire Art Center.

Wreath auction at the Pittsfield Frolic
December 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Art Center
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host its annual Wreath Art Auction to benefit the South Community Food Pantry, with original holiday wreaths, centerpieces, kissing balls and more.

Not Your Usual Holiday Art Market
December 2 and 3 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eclipse Mill in North Adams
Artists, writers, curators and booksellers offer a range of handmade wares, from woven images and works on paper by Betty Vera to abstract ink drawings and watercolors by Sarah Sutro, and Carlos Caicedo’s apparel based on abstract photography

A young visitor decorates a cookie at the annual Williamstown Holiday Walk.
Williamstown Chamber

A young visitor at the Williamstown Holiday Walk.

Delightful and Delectable Holiday Market
December 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — December 3, from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saint James Place in Great Barrington
Great Barrington Arts Market once again brings Berkshire handmade gifts and delicious giftable treats, local artists and makers and light fare in a beautiful and festive environment.

Williamstown Craft Festival
December 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Williamstown Elementary School
Local makers gather with handmade gifts from woodworking, jewelry and fiber art to soaps, honey, balsam and ceramics, as part of the annual Williamstown holiday weekend.

Festive Frolic Holiday Market
December 3 from noon to 4 p.m., Dunham Mall (100 North St.) in Pittsfield
On the final day of the annual Festive Frolic, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will offer a market and a Krampus Beer Garden, with specialty offerings from Hot Plate Brewing Co. The event will take place outdoors with performances by Opal Raven Cirque and food, music and local vendors including Baked Pastries & More, Clausens Corner, Fandom Forge Creations, Shire Family Roots, St. Eithne Rd. and Truffles by Tarah LLC.

Holiday marketplace and gallery of wreathes
December 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Botanical Garden
An annual tradition continues at Berkshire Botanical Garden with the Gallery of Wreaths, as many as 100 unique wreaths and an assortment of holiday-blooming amaryllis and paperwhites and more.

A wreath of evergreens hangs on a wooden door with iron hinges.
Photo by Susan Geller

A wreath of evergreens hangs on a wooden door with iron hinges.

Holiday Shindy
December 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield
For 16 years the Shindy has been showcasing artisans from across the region, offering the chance to shop directly from local farms and makers, from toys and tinctures to cookies and calendars.

Berkshire Grown holiday farmers markets
December 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Housy Dome — December 17 at GreylockWorks
Berkshire Grown brings indoor Winter Farmers Markets with locally-grown fresh greens, winter squash, root crops, apples, meats, cheeses, honey and maple syrup, baked goods and more.

Berkshire makers and artisans offer wreathes, candles, woodwork, glass, jewelry and weaving, prints and ceramics and much more at the holidays.

Fox and Castle, courtesy of the Holiday Shindy
Holiday Shindy

Fox and Castle, courtesy of the Holiday Shindy

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