Westwood Holiday Walkabout: Two Fairs, an Artists' Marketplace, and a Concert
After years of independently hosting their respective, annual holiday events on the same day, First Baptist Church, First Parish Church, and Westwood Artists have decided to officially coordinate this year. They have reframed their three separate, traditional activities as a single, walkable event - the Westwood Holiday Walkabout, to be held Saturday, December 2nd.
The Holly Fair at First Baptist (808 High Street) and Westwood Artists' December Marketplace at the Fisher School (830 High Street) are closely situated, less than a quarter of a mile from each other. About three-quarters of a mile farther, or a 15 to 20 minute walk away, is First Parish's Christmas Fair (252 Nahatan Street).
"This will be a wonderful, festive day of holiday fairs here in Westwood," says event co-organizer, Kathy Zola. "All three sites will be hosting local artists, artisans, crafters, food and music, and it's an easy walk from one site to the next," she says.
At First Baptist on High Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., visitors can expect to find the traditional offerings of "attic treasures," a bake sale, crafts and Christmas items. New this year will be the exotic wood cutting and serving board creations of Westwood native Doug Crawford.
Also on High Street, at Westwood Artists' December Marketplace that runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., visitors can shop for locally made art such as pottery, knits, painting, photography, and jewelry. It's also an opportunity to examine the first indoor setting the artists have used for this annual event since 2019. The Fisher School is an antique, one-room schoolhouse.
First Parish on Nahatan Street will be offering its traditional, hand-decorated balsam wreaths, a silent auction, gently used Christmas decorations, and a selection of fresh soups (clam chowder, vegan butternut squash, and chili) for takeaway orders, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
To cap off the festivities, at 4:30 p.m., Cay Outerbridge directs a concert at First Parish by a barbershop quartet, Vocal Revolution. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
"All three groups are excited about putting this event together, and hope that this will be the first in a series of annual holiday celebrations in Westwood," says Ms. Zola.