The Boston Christmas Festival is the premier winter crafts event in Beantown. 2016 marks the 30th year that 300 of america’s finest craft artists will come together to show off their wares in the holiday spirit. Some of the featured artisans include Boston Sports Company, Malisun, and Jack and Mary Designs. Visitors will be able to satisfy all of their holiday shopping needs with some more thoughtful, artisanal gifts than they would find at typical stores. One of the most exciting aspects of the festival is the Gingerbread House Competition. Professional chefs strive to create gingerbread masterpieces and they are judged by a celebrity panel. The houses are then sold with all of the proceeds going to Housing Families, a nonprofit with the goal of ending family homelessness.