Don't wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping this year. Avoid Black Friday crowds and stress by taking advantage of a great opportunity to buy the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Enjoy the days after Thanksgiving with your friends and family by taking them to the first annual Festival Fete Holiday Market November 25th and 26th at the RI Convention Center 11am to 6pm daily.

The art festival will feature over 125 contemporary American art and crafts artists with items big and small including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, and home accessories. While shoppers get a jump on their holiday gift buying, cooks and bakers can stock up for their holiday cooking by visiting the farmers market sponsored by Whole Foods Market featuring seasonal produce and unique specialty food.

"The idea behind the Holiday Market is to kick-off the holiday season with a family-focused event. We want families to come together and enjoy their holiday shopping in a stress-free environment. We've even created an area for kids to make handmade gifts for the special people on their lists," said Jennifer Neuguth creative director of Festival Fete.

While the malls and big box retailers promise long lines and packed parking lots, the Holiday Market promises a jovial and cheer-filled atmosphere featuring some of Rhode Island's most renowned entertainers and artists. Shoppers will be entertained with strolling entertainment provided by Big Nazo, Trevor the Games Man, Mime-a lot, Mathew the Balloon Man and the RI Children's Choir. Festival visitors will be encouraged to work alongside local artist Lisa May Tobin on an interactive community art project. "We believe there is an artist in everybody, so we're creating opportunities for festival attendees to express themselves and experience the thrill of creativity," said Neuguth.
The event is sponsored by RI Monthly, Whole Foods Market, Cat Country, Robyn Ivy Photography, Yelp, Cardi's Furniture, Roger Williams Park Zoo and Natural Awakenings.