It’s starting to sound a lot like Christmas in the South End

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks! The season is here - the best way to spread holiday cheer - stopping by the SoWa District’s 4th Annual Winter Festival of course!  Please come for a two weekend event that will be full of workshops and venders selling handmade gifts; don’t miss out on all the thoughtful options for your loved ones to open this holiday season. SoWa, the heart of the art district in Boston during the holidays, is bustling with artists and vendors trying to find homes for their handcrafted art pieces. Special people in our lives deserve special gifts, so what better way to show appreciation this holiday season than gifting them a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, right?

The SoWa Winter Festival is the largest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston, and it’s finally here. It truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The holiday season means that Jack Frost is out nipping at your nose, so make sure to bundle up before enjoying a winter cocktail with Christmas music playing in the background as you shop for your loved ones! This will be sure to warm you right up. It is the season of giving, so what better way to celebrate than walking down the holiday decorated streets of the SoWa district while enjoying a festive holiday drink? Giving means you can treat yourself too! Come stop by for that winter cocktail by Banyan Bar & Refuge, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support a neighborhood partner, United South End Settlements.

Walking into the Winter Wonderland Tent will not disappoint; we can promise you that. The Winter Wonderland Tent houses a variety of creative events. Alice’s Table, a high demand workshop, will be hosting an evergreen wreathe making event. This means you can hang-up a custom made and all natural material wreathe on your door this holiday season. The spirit of the holidays also involves the spirit of competition and outdoing your neighbors’ decorations for some. You could go buy your typical run-of-the-mill wreathe, or you could have your hand-made wreathe made at Alice’s Table’s workshop this season.

*Sleigh bells ring* are you listening? Learn how to create holiday themed embroidery with Knot +Stitch! Knot + Stich, another vendor located in the Winter Wonderland Tent this year, will provide a printed tote, and in addition to a full embroidery kit that is filled with all the materials to create two or more pieces. What better gift to give then a gift you’ve personally created with your own bare hands? This is also a gift that keeps giving, as you will learn the basics of embroidery; a creative talent to have!

Another event worth chiming into is Stamped Cards & Paperie. Check out the beautiful greeting cards they have to offer this holiday season. Your loved ones will not be able to resist hanging up these greeting cards. These-one-of-a-kind designs by Stamped Cards & Paperie will truly be cherished by all who receive one. You better watch out; you better not cry. These cards won’t be there forever, and we’re telling you why!

Create your own holiday photoshoot, and get into the spirit by stopping by the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker Photo Booth! This trendy photoshoot will surely be receiving plenty of social media likes. After your pictures, you can stop by the gift shop to embrace the holiday spirit even more by shopping the Nutcracker gift section. You will then be eligible to enter the raffle for two free tickets to Boston Ballet’s opening night of Cinderella! Now that would be a great Christmas present, whether it is for family, friends, work colleagues, or even for yourself!

There will also be plenty of live Holiday Music! Caroling, Caroling through the snow- come check out The Mistletones Trio, Alissa Musto, All Types Of Kinds, Sounds Off A Capella, and so much more!  All in all, there is much to see at the SoWa Winter Festival, so make sure to stop by in order to kick-off your holiday season in a fantastic way. We hope to see you there!

melissa flamburis