Auburn is adding a brand new Christmas event thisÂ year â€” The Holiday Market. All of Auburnâ€™sÂ Christmas events are taking place on oneÂ weekend: Santa On The Corner, the AuburnÂ Christmas Parade (turn to page 68), holiday performances andÂ the new event, The Holiday Market.
And all of these events combined make for one busyÂ weekend â€” The Loveliest Village Holiday Fair, said JessicaÂ Kohn, downtown coordinator for the Auburn DowntownÂ Merchants Association.
The Holiday Market will take place Saturday, Dec. 4 fromÂ 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gay Street Lot. On Sunday, Dec. 5, theÂ market will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature 40Â different local vendors, Kohn said.
â€œThis is a curated market where youâ€™ll find fine arts,Â specialty gifts, vintage and handmade items, antiques, gourmetÂ food and so much more,â€ she said. â€œThatâ€™s just one moreÂ attraction that we hope will draw people to downtown thatÂ weekend.â€
The market will be taking place at the same time as theÂ parade and Santa On The Corner, so Kohn said residents couldÂ come early and check out the market while downtown.
Sweet Homemade Alabama Christmas Show:
Kathryn Whetstone created the Sweet Homemade AlabamaÂ Christmas Show after experiencing shows herself as an artist.
â€œ[Shows] went from art to entertainment and imported goodsÂ and itâ€™s hard to compete against imported products and it reallyÂ changes the dynamics of the show,â€ she said.
The Sweet Homemade Alabama Christmas Show is allÂ handmade and all fine art, Whetstone said. There will be almostÂ 30 artists and she chose each after considering their products.Â This is a jump from 2020â€™s 15 participating artists.
The show will be held on Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. atÂ the Art Haus in Opelika.Â The show will take place both inside the Art Haus buildingÂ and outside. Admission is free and there will be food trucks onÂ hand selling food.
â€œI treat the artists really well because I also felt like we wereÂ overlooked and a bit neglected at some shows,â€ she said.
One of the goals of Whetstoneâ€™s shows is to give back. So,Â each show also benefits a local organization.
â€œArtists are a very giving, loving breed for the most part,â€Â she said. â€œAnd theyâ€™re very happy to stroke that check at theÂ end of the day.â€
The December show will benefit Womenâ€™s Hope MedicalÂ Center in Auburn. Some of its services include pregnancyÂ testing, education, ultrasounds, prenatal care, resources andÂ referrals for other needs, parenting classes; a fatherhoodÂ program; all these are free.
â€œThey do so much good for this area, beyond just theÂ women, they help the children and the families,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™sÂ just a wonderful organization.â€
There will be all types of artists in the show â€” and not tooÂ many doing the same work, Whetstone said. There is an artistÂ who works with wood, a blacksmith who makes knives andÂ crosses, a glassworks artist, artists who work with recycledÂ products, a weaver, a knitter, someone who marbles productsÂ like Christmas ornaments, artists who make jewelry, a manÂ who works with leather and more.
Whetstone will be participating in the show too â€” she makesÂ hand-forged and kilned silver.
â€œIâ€™ve always believed in supporting the community you liveÂ in, I think it only enriches everyoneâ€™s life and I also do thisÂ show so that people realize all the talent that is around them,â€Â Whetstone said. â€œBecause a lot of time artists are hidden inÂ their studio or hidden in their home and people arenâ€™t aware ofÂ what is right at their doorstep.â€Â Although applications are already closed for vendors forÂ the December show, Whetstone said that any local artists whoÂ may want to join her show in June can reach out by email:Â firstname.lastname@example.org.