December's Hungerford Building event has become one of my favorite First Friday stops of the year (second only to its October "Haunted Hungerford" night). Local artists and makers open up their studios and embrace the season in unique, funky ways, and it's easy to knock three or four names off your gift list — plus there's a rumor that Saint Nick's horned companion, Krampus, will be around.
The Hungerford's 2017 event, "Miracle on Main Street," takes place Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2, with around 20 studios open, and several festive specials, like printing custom holiday cards at Type High Letterpress, a "worst festive food" contest at Cat Clay (plus mac & cheese on Saturday), and raffles for artwork. There will be a toy drive for the Pirate Toy Fund, and Nosferatu Studios is donating 25 percent of its sales to Puerto Rico recovery efforts. Also of note: GruntWerk is having a "Basement Grand Finale" on Friday, displaying work by Rachel Dow.
Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Hungerford Building, 1115 East Main Street. Free. facebook.com/fungerford.