A bunch of pop-up shops are taking over the Boston Public Market for the holidays

The holiday market will run from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23.

Preserves made with local fruit from Doves & Figs will be sold at this year's Holiday CR[EAT]OR Market at the Boston Public Market.
Preserves made with local fruit by Doves & Figs will be sold at this year's Holiday CR[EAT]OR Market at the Boston Public Market. –Boston Public Market

The Boston Public Market is making it easy to support small business owners on Small Business Saturday by launching its second annual Holiday CR[EAT]OR market this weekend.

The holiday market will feature more than 30 local artisans over a period of five weeks, selling everything from hot sauce to jewelry to home goods. The holiday market will run from Saturday through Dec. 23.

“We’re very focused on supporting small businesses,” said Cheryl Cronin, CEO of Boston Public Market. “It’s a great day to sort of launch this market.”

This year, there will be more than 30 pop-up vendors, up from around 25 last year, Cronin said. Boston Public Market is expecting up to 25,000 shoppers per weekend throughout the event, Cronin said. The vendors will display their goods among the 35 permanent residents — farmers and specialty food vendors — who sell their goods there daily, she said.


Newcomers to the holiday market this year include Cynthia Chapman, a watercolor artisan who creates coastal jewelry and stationery inspired by Nantucket, Salt Air Supply Co., makers of New England-made wooden toys, Buster’s Bark, which sells handmade chocolate toffee candy, Seven Hills Pasta, and The Rise & Fall, which creates hand-printed towels, pillows, and home accessories. Returning vendors include Alex’s Ugly Sauce, a small-batch hot sauce company that uses locally grown peppers, Doves & Figs, sellers of locally-grown preserves, and Sweet Lydia’s, which makes homemade sweets.

“We’re all really excited,” Cronin said. “It’s just fun to kind of see different folks [selling their products] here.”

Cronin said she’s constantly impressed by the talent of New England artisans.

“We have so many creative, innovative people here who are starting these incredible businesses,” Cronin said.

View the full Holiday CR[EAT]OR Market schedule here.

Boston Public Market’s Holiday CR[EAT]OR Market; Nov. 24 to Dec. 23; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 100 Hanover St., Boston.