The Christmas season is a great excuse to shop, isn’t it? One of my favorite haunts on Commercial Street is The Canteen and this season, I have one more reason to love it: The Canteen Holiday Market. It is a month-long pop-up shop featuring local artisans and vendors, inspired by the evening holiday markets found in many European cities this time of year. The market kicks off on Holly Folly weekend but continues throughout December and into the beginning of January. Listed below are a few of the vendors I’ll be hitting up for some holiday shopping. I’m also curious to check out their eco-friendly ice skating rink.

Seaside Designs

Sea-inspired paper goods including greetings cards and gift wrap.  Truro-based designer Rebecca Townsend’s style features clean illustrations and fun colors.

2 of 2 goods

One of this Provincetown maker’s handmade miniature houses made of birch, mirrors of translucent acrylic makes an elegant addition to a bookshelf or coffee table.

twigs and bones

Handmade leather goods such as bags and wallets from Florence, an artisan currently apprenticing with well-known owner of ‘Workshop’ here in Provincetown, Victor Powell.

Shoal Hope Ciderworks

This local Provincetown cider made its debut this past summer and is already a hit with locals.

Elixir Confections

This small-batch, family-owned business out of Sandwich, MA crafts sweet treats like the Maple+Maple Cinnamon Sugar Bar, Hot Chocolate on a Stick, and Holiday Advent Bars (a chocolate bar with 24 snap apart cubes embossed with a different holiday image).

This is just a taste of the kinds of distinctive treasures to be found on Commercial Street and beyond. Just the right place to find just the right gift. No time to wait! Shop on!