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Holiday Shopping — Alfresco

Downtown Crossing’s annual holiday market launches


The outdoor Downtown Crossing Holiday Market features more than 55 local vendors.

Need to finish your holiday shopping, but can’t afford those upscale Newbury Street boutiques? Check out the Downtown Crossing Holiday Market — a bohemian tent city featuring more than 55 local vendors

For years, Downtown Crossing was a retail mecca, thanks to department stores like Filene’s and Macy’s and everyone’s favorite bargain bin, Filene’s Basement. But in recent years, the area has fallen on bad times — Filene’s closed in 2006, and Filene’s Basement declared bankruptcy earlier this year.

The Downtown Crossing Holiday Market is one step toward restoring the pedestrian mall to its former glory, says Mayor Thomas M. Menino (Hon.’01). The outdoor market, which city officials hope will become an annual event, opened on November 28 and continues through Christmas Eve. Wares include handcrafted jewelry, pottery, clothing, paintings, photographs, soap, candles, toys, pet items, baked goods, jams, and honey. Local school and theater groups, musicians, and dancers perform live twice a day.

The Downtown Crossing Holiday Market, on Summer Street between Washington and Hawley, is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Live performances take place every day from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Vicky Waltz can be reached at vwaltz@bu.edu.


One Comment on Holiday Shopping — Alfresco

  • Anonymous on 12.19.2009 at 9:06 pm

    Did you know that there is an outdoor pushcart market there year round that has some incredible deals this holiday season on items like handbags, winter gear like scarves, hats and gloves as well as souvenirs and more? I just bought a beautiful hand knit wool hat from Nepal for ten dollars from the Unique Boutique pushcart. You guys MUST have noticed the other vendors too didn’t you?

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