Crowded parking lots and garages and never-ending lines can suck the fun out of holiday shopping and giving. Some Boston-based organizations are trying to put the fun back into holiday shopping by hosting holiday arts markets with free admission.
Some of the holiday shopping events happening this holiday season include:
I AM KREYOL BAZAAR
This recurring arts market is celebrating its one-year anniversary in time for Christmas shopping. The I Am Kreyol Bazaar is a seasonal marketplace and art show featuring fashion designers, performers and visual artists from the area.
The bazaar and anniversary celebration is being held with a vintage theme from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 157A Washington St. in Dorchester.
Featured artist Ana Sol will create live art and DJ KC will play music during the event.
Vendors include Bobby’s From Boston, Kreyol, Vanavain Vintage, V-Anne Designs, Airam Crochet and Soulful Lounge.
THE HOLIDAY BAZAAR/FESTIVAL IN THE CITY
WWMI Events is calling all to its family-friendly shopping event at 10: 30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Holiday Bazaar/Festival in the City is being held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury and will include over 35 businesses for shopping.
There will also be games and activities for children, raffles and a photo booth.
Admission is free for the event.
For updates, visit facebook.com/wwmievents
Artsrox! Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Discovery Roxbury will kick off its ArtRox! Holiday Pop-Up Shop at noon on Friday, Dec. 6 at 2201 Washington Street in Dudley Square.
The event will feature fine arts, crafts and designs created by vendors in the Greater Roxbury area.
The pop-up shop opens for business from noon to 5 p.m. Friday thru Tuesday, with the last day of the event Dec. 24.
Items sold during the event will fit a wide-range of budgets and tastes.
For more information on the event, visit discoverroxbury.org and click on “Holiday Pop-Up Shop” under the “Annual Events” tab.
LIBERTY HOTEL’S FASHIONABLY LATE THURSDAYS
Haute House Design Studio is displaying its holiday designs during Liberty Hotel’s Fashionably Late event starting at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Haute House is a Boston-based high fashion online retail store that features designs from underground designers across the globe.
Founder Taneshia Camillo-Sheffey launched the site in March 2012 after realizing the difficulty underground designers have finding work with mainstream high-end designers.