Holiday faires, craft bazaars, and workshops – now through December

Every weekend, from now through the end of the year, there are nearby local artisan, juried, and holiday craft fairs scheduled. Start making your plans and marking your calendar today.

The Steven Tobin Gallery at 530 California Road, Quakertown, PA is hosting a Holiday Open House Ceramic and Glass Sale on Friday, November 13th, Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th from 10 a.m. -7 p.m. each day, showing works by glass artist Steven Tobin and other glass and ceramic works by resident artists;

Discover our studio, a magical place with over five acres of monumental work to explore. Featuring works from Tobin and his resident artists including Greg White, John Turran Sr. (Turan Glass Works), Dan Minnich and Eric Finnerty. Join us for our sale of small functional and artistic hand-made ceramics and glass.

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This Saturday, November 14th, one can attend three local events; the annual Hereford Holiday Bazaar, at Hereford Elementary School, 1043 Gravel Pike (Rt. 29), Hereford, PA, will host local crafters and homemade baked goods from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and the first Community Connection Artisan Faire, which will have live music by local musicians along with handmade items including jewelry, soaps, honey painting, decorative items, food, and more,  from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. at the Upper Perk Community Center, 104 Main Street, East Greenville, PA.

Beginning on Friday, November 20 – December 20, 2015, Bethlehem hosts two Christkindlmarkts – a small (and free) Weihnachtsmarkt in the historic district consisting of 35 wooden huts (just like they have in many towns in Germany) each decorated and filled with gifts and decorations for sale (many handcrafted) and located in the Sun Inn Courtyard, 556 Main Street and at the South end of Main Street by the Hotel Bethlehem and the Moravian Book Shop, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and on the other side of town by the ArtsQuest Center next to the SteelStacks inside two very large heated tents is the Christkindmarkt ($9 for adults and $5 for  children 6-12) with a six-week run that features more than 125 vendors each week, more than ever before, Fridays, Nov. 20-Dec.18; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 21 – Dec. 19; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sundays, Nov. 22 – Dec. 20; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Thursdays, Dec 3 – Dec. 17; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., featuring live music (often local choirs and musicians), hot food and drink, artisans and crafters from all over the world, and St. Nicholas.

The Palm Schwenkfelder Ladies Aide Holiday Bazaar is on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Palm Schwenkfelder Church, 833 Gravel Pike, Palm, PA, where one can purchase homemade soup, hoagies, and baked goods for lunch, among other items, along with homemade crafts.

The 29th Annual North Penn Holiday Craft Market is also being held on Saturday, November 21st, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA; this juried event features 95 traditional and contemporary craft artists (homemade lunch is also available here);

featuring fine and unusual pottery, jewelry, fiber, dried flowers, fraktur, tinware, baskets, folk art, theorem, quilts, appliqués, furniture, painted scissor cuttings, ceramics, scherenschnitte, embroidery, children’s clothing, dolls, rug weaving, decoys, calligraphy, leather, band boxes, iron work, toys, wood carvings, wooden spoons, and much more.

If, after all this, you’d like a chance to try your hand at making some crafts yourself, head over to Green Lane Park for their Holiday Craft Workshop on Saturday, November 21st at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; at 10 a.m. the workshoppers will make a “holiday wall hanging” out of local cones, nuts and seed pods, and at 1 p.m. the same items will be used to make a “winsome woodland critter” for tabletop or tree decoration. People ages 12 and over  may sign up for one or both workshops, but pre-registration is required – call 215-234-4528 to register. The events will take place at the Stone Pavilion at Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane, PA, where there will be a wood fire going in the fireplace and light refreshments provided. There is an $8 fee for each workshop and participants are asked to bring a hot glue gun.

Der Belsnickel Craft Show is also a juried craft show, and will be held on Friday, November 27 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 28th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Boyertown Jr High Complex, 380 South Madison Streets, Boyertown, PA.

Marlborough Elementary School’s annual Holiday Bazaar takes place on the first Saturday in December, Dec. 3, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 1450 Gravel Pike, Green Lane, PA.

On the second Saturday in December, Dec. 12, 2015, head over to Sumneytown to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3104 Main Street, for their annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

And for the last weekend before Christmas, December 19th and 20th, if you aren’t in line to see the newest Star Wars movie or planning your winter solstice celebration, it is your last chance to head over to Bethlehem for the Weinachtsmarkt and the Christkindlmarkt for 2015 (did I mention they have gluhwein – German mulled wine – there?)

And for those wondering what happened to the Upper Perk Baconfest, which has been held in November the last few years, it has been moved to Spring 2016.

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