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Great Holiday Craft Shows for Group Trips

Craft shows have such a festive, whimsical feel to them that they have become a quintessential part of the holiday season. This year, add a little adventure to your holiday celebrations by gathering your close family and friends, neighbors, church group, or craft club and visiting these "can't miss" holiday craft shows. These holiday craft shows have something for everyone from the avid shopper looking for that perfect gift for someone special to the casual shopper who just likes to window shop.

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From the moment you step foot in the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania you will feel like you are in a winter wonderland. Each of the over 45 different vendor tents set up throughout Dilworth Park are a-glow with holiday lights and filled with unique crafts and gifts while festive music plays in the background. Afterwards, you can head right across the street to Christmas Village, an authentic German style market, where you can continue to shop, enjoy sampling seasonal foods/drinks, or take part in favorite holiday activities and events.

For one weekend, six local buildings in the city of Hope, New Jersey are converted into bustling markets in order to accommodate over 150 talented vendors, crafters, and artisans all selling their unique goods. Hop on and off the complimentary shuttle bus provided by the holiday craft show to get to all the vendors. The shuttle bus will take you to each of the buildings that are a part of the craft market: Hope Grange, Hope Elementary School, The Community Center, St. Luke and St. Mary Episcopal Church, St. John Methodist Church, The Inn at Mill Race Pond, and The Hope Fire Department. If you are unable to find what you are looking for at the Hope Christmas Craft Market, you can take a trip to Main Street and visit the local boutiques and shops.

The Downtown Holiday Shopping Spectacular in Atlanta, Georgia, which fills the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) with over 250 craft and artisan vendors, is more like a party than a craft show. DJs play loud festive music that can be heard throughout the entire venue, local performers take to the stage to entertain with festive performances, and shoppers can tap into their creative side by taking part in live hands-on craft demos and activities.

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Everything is bigger in Texas and The Texas Christkindl Market is no exception. Hundreds of unique vendors gather at North Plaza in Arlington, Texas to sell handcrafted goods and festive treats - some of which can only be found for sale right at this holiday craft show. Culinary enthusiasts will enjoy sampling the authentic German food and treats that are sold by various vendors throughout the market.

Reminiscent of the small village markets set up in old world Germany, the Old World Market located in The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin isn't just a place to shop - it is a place to create memories that will last a lifetime. The are dozens of memory-making hands-on holiday and seasonal themed activities that are certain to appeal to the young and the young-at-heart. Finish your holiday shopping by visiting one of the hundreds of local vendors or spend a quiet evening strolling through the elaborately and festively decorated resort.

A unique experience awaits at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. At this craft fair held in the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan, the entire focus is on creating meaningful connections with local artists and vendors. All of the 100+ vendors are required to be at their booths and interacting with shoppers.

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You won't need a time machine to travel back in time. Just visit San Francisco, California and attend The Great Dickens Fair - a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Using elaborate costumes and scenery, San Francisco's Cow Palace Exhibition Halls is transformed into Victorian era London. Your group will be able to walk down the streets, interact with characters straight from the pages of a Dickens novel, visiting charming little shops looking for gifts, and watch a performance at the pub, music hall, or theatre.

The Winter Gift Market at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado may be on the smaller side when it comes to craft fairs, but it doesn't disappoint. By making sure there is a diverse and eclectic collection of vendors at the market you will be guaranteed to find almost anything you could ever imagine from handmade soaps and bath products to artwork, jewelry, and tasty treats. There will be plenty of time after shopping at the market to stroll through the beautiful gardens.

Featuring over 500 vendors, live holiday music, and professional entertainment, there is so much to see and do at the Victorian Country Christmas at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington. For this event, the once plain and dull fairgrounds will be transformed into a thriving market that is reminiscent of something from Victorian London or old world Germany. Continue creating unique holiday memories after spending the day at the market by taking a trip into downtown Seattle which is located just a short drive from the fairgrounds.

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Get to any of these upcoming craft shows safe and sound with Trailways Bus Charter. Specializing in group tours, Trailways will take you wherever you want to go. It isn't too late to start planning for the upcoming holiday season. All of these events are top-notch, so be sure to check ahead with your local Trailways bus company to ensure access, parking and group accommodations. Call us to learn more about our group tour services and see we can help make your group's holiday season a memorable one.

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