Local vendors and the holidays will be celebrated next weekend with Lynchburg’s 24th annual village Christmas.
On Dec. 9 and 10 more than 35 local vendors and crafters will be at various locations throughout the village, and shoppers will be able to navigate to them all with a map bearing numbered locations.
Included with the map is a shopping guide with lists of the shops and vendors and what they each are offering. The shopping guides are available at the participating merchant locations.
“Come out and enjoy shopping for the holidays in a very pleasant atmosphere,” said Sharon Bedard, president of the Lynchburg Area Business Association.
The annual event, she said, allows smaller vendors to get exposure and it all “builds our community.”
She said people will have the opportunity to fill out raffle tickets at shops around the village. The drawing for the gift baskets raffle will be held Saturday evening, she said.
And, Bedard said, most of the shops and vendors will be having sales on their wares during both days.
Youngsters are welcome to stop by and see Santa and get their picture taken with him on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the gazebo in the center of the village. If the weather is too cold, Santa will be in Beech Street Candleworks located at 111 S. Main St. Bedard said the photos with Santa are free and will be emailed after the event.
Boy Scouts will be selling food at the firehouse, she said, and The Village Café on Main Street will have specials during the two days of the event.
The annual event provides a chance for people to “find unusual, unique, handmade gifts,” Bedard said, and perhaps even have the opportunity to make a special connection by being able to talk with the person who made the item.
“It’s getting back to the root of Christmas and giving,” she said.
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