A Holiday Marketplace Comes to Boston
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Millennial Exhibitions has high hopes for their European inspired holiday marketplace known officially as 'Boston Winter presented by Berkshire Bank’ at City Hall PlazaCity Hall Plaza. Today, we were given a behind the scenes tour to see what is being assembled for all of New England to enjoy.

Boston Winter Holiday Marketplace

I've had the pleasure of walking through holiday markets in England and The Netherlands and have fond memories of them. The smell of sweets, the giggles of children and holiday cheer in every direction.

They are fun and I've always wished we'd see more of them here in the States.

With over forty different vendors, an inflatable igloo, bike powered Christmas tree and enough chocolate, beer and wine for all to enjoy this looks to be a good time.

Boston Winter Holiday Marketplace

It was underwhelming today to walk around and have to dodge forklifts and construction at every turn, but at the same time it was exciting to think about what it is going to all turn into.

An ice skating loop (real ice, none of that synthetic fake stuff here) is surrounded by vendor shacks selling everything from socially conscious jewelry, to dog biscuits.

Boston Winter Holiday Marketplace

Boston Winter Holiday Marketplace

The Urban Lodge will allow you to warm up while enjoying a cold one. If wine is more of your choice, cruise on into Vinopolis to sample and learn at the same time.

Boston Winter Holiday Marketplace

Boston Winter Holiday Marketplace

The Chocolate Story sounds like my kind of place where you can try a sampling of different chocolates while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate.

Of course there is also going to be a Santa's House for the kids and photos with the jolly old man.

Boston Winter Holiday Marketplace

The marketplace is open to the public for free, but many of the attractions mentioned above require tickets to be bought ahead of time or on site.

As a thank you to you, use discount code BLOGFRIEND for 15% off your ticket purchase for any of the attractions.

Boston Winter Holiday Marketplace

Boston Winter Holiday Marketplace

The vendors I spoke to were very excited for the crowds to arrive and that something like this has finally come to Boston.

I hope that the kinks get worked out and that this grows into an annual tradition.

Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates. It runs through the end of the year.