WORCESTER – StART at the Station, returning to Union Station on December 3, is not your ordinary craft fair. From handmade books, stationery, and cards, to pottery, textiles, and jewelry, StART features some of the best artists, makers, and creators the city has to offer.

StArt at the Station: A Handmade Holiday Right Here in Worcester 1

Some artists work all year for the chance to sell at the show. Local artist Michelle Sarkisian, owner of “Love Mary The Queen — Fine Crafted Art and Accessories” participated for the first time last year.

“It was my best show of the year,” said Sarkisian. “I can’t wait to come back in December with new pieces.”

Buyers are equally excited.

“It’s not like a craft fair,” says Susan Henley of Sutton. “The variety and quality of handcrafted items is amazing, and every year I come home with most of my holiday shopping complete.”  

Still unconvinced that a leisurely browse through the Grand Hall is worth it when you could just do your holiday shopping online instead? Here are the top three things that make StART a must-attend event:

The ART  By shopping at an event like StART, you are supporting the local economy and giving local artists and makers the voice and space they need to sell their wares. There are gorgeous holiday art and craft pieces adorning every table. Go slowly, look closely at each item, and make sure to talk with the artist. The connections you can make at StART, with the artists who make what you admire and the shoppers that share your admiration, can’t happen anywhere else. At StART, you’re doing more than just shopping – you’re taking part in a celebration of Worcester’s unique culture and creativity.

The VENUE Once considered the most beautiful building in Massachusetts, Union Station gives StART an elegance that most fairs and festivals lack. Its Grand Hall, with original elliptical stained glass ceilings, interior marble columns and mahogany wood trim, will house 100 artists. Another 35 will set up around the concourse, giving you the opportunity to see all the exquisite architecture Union Station has to offer. With all the beautifully curated displays, it’s hard not to feel like you are shopping in a palace.

The FOOD Community events like StART can turn holiday shopping trips into super-fun  get-togethers with your friends. Hungry once you’ve finished all that shopping? StART has got you covered. Dine at one of Union Station’s restaurants, have a drink at the bar, or catch the big game at Luciano’s Cotton Club, located inside the Grand Hall. Light menus and seasonal cocktails will be served all day.

StART at the Station, now in its 12th year, will be held at Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester, on Sunday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is FREE. $15 dollar tickets will be sold at the door starting at 9 a.m. for a preview shopping experience. Parking is available for $1 at the Union Station Garage and in FREE municipal lots around the station. There is an ATM on site. Union Station is wheelchair accessible, and has a full length high level platform.

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