Marion, Virginia

MARION DOWNTOWN MAKES PLANS FOR THEIR HOLIDAY WEEKEND: THE FIRST WEEKEND IN DECEMEMBER

For many years, the Town of Marion has kicked off the holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving. After listening to an abundance of requests to change that, Marion Downtown and the Town of Marion have decided to revamp their wonderful holiday weekend, in hopes of capturing more holiday spirit for the event!

This year, the holiday season will kick off the first weekend in December. December 1st through 3rd are jam packed full of holiday cheer, and you don't want to miss all the festivities!

All weekend long, Marion Downtown will host their 9th Annual Christmas Market. With the great success of the market from years past, Marion Downtown has decided to expand this year! While still keeping with the traditional outdoor market under the Farmers Market Pavilion, vendors will also be set up along Iron Street and inside the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts, for an indoor market.

With nearly 80 vendors, the Christmas Market is the perfect place to do your holiday shopping. Featuring local and regional crafters and artisans, there is truly something for everyone. What better gift, than a gift locally crafted.

Market hours are:
Friday, December 1st: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, December 2nd: 10 AM to 7 PM
Sunday, December 3rd: 12 PM to 5 PM

In addition to the vendors, this year, free kid’s activities will take place during the Christmas Market at the Wayne C. Henderson School. Children will have an opportunity to hand make ornaments and other small gifts for the holiday season.

Craft times are:
Friday, December 1st: 3 PM to 6 PM
Saturday, December 2nd: 10 AM to 2 PM and 2 PM to 6 PM
Sunday, December 3rd: 2 PM to 6 PM

 

Vendors located at the Farmers Market Pavilion include:
Black Hollow Hogs: Local pork, canned & baked goods
Sticks & Stitches: Wood items, hand woven rugs, children’s toys
Oh Sew Crafty: Vintage-inspired, up cycled pillows and home décor
Sheek Treats: Dog & cat treats
Dreamland Alpacas: Alpaca products
Mary Sue Johner: Hand painted glass, puppets
Valerie Thomas & Kathy Bowlin: Baked goods & hand-made jewelry
MSHS School to Work Program: Hot cocoa, snacks, crafts made by the special education students
Smyth County Humane Society: T-shirts, baked goods
Es’s Craft Essentials: Wreaths, crochet items
Ebenezer Farms: Canned goods, crafts, coffee
Tina Terry: Handmade crafts
Thirty Three Acre Farms: Local meats, honey, jams & jellies
Highway 81 Boutique: Women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry
Laurel Springs Farm: Local beef, cheese, spices/rubs, soaps/lotions
Pawnee Jewell: Goat milk soap, lotions, fragrances
Jen Watkins: Wooden shelves, hanging racks
Fancy Lee’s Jewelry: Handmade jewelry
Carolyn Monk, Pocket Book Lady: Cloth pocket books
Southfork Greenhouse: Wreaths, decorations
Tina Henderson: Holiday pallet crafts
Mona Greer & Valerie Robinson: Artwork, jewelry
Tara Sands: Ornaments, figurines
Mark Lockhart: Wood crafts, log furniture, chainsaw carvings
Four Seasons Catering and Bakery: Baked & canned goods
Courtney Haugh, Lularoe Bus: Boutique Clothing
Glen Repass: Handmade wooden bowls
Janie McCready: Wreaths and hand-made knives

and more!

Vendors located on Iron Street:
Donna Johnson: Decorative windows, oil paintings, pottery
Mary C. Jones: Books, art inking
Nellie Harmon: Yarn wreaths, Christmas items
Dena Aker: Holiday wreaths, decorations
Jamie Tibbs: Farm House Decor, signs, etc.

and more!

Vendors located at the Wayne C. Henderson School:
Photos by Whitney: Photography gift items, ornaments, cards
Happy Hands Creations: Ornaments, artwork
Vic Boatman: Hand carved walking sticks
Primitive Threads: Primitive crafts, table runners, lap quilts
Sniffalicious Candles: Handmade and poured soy candles
Ebenezer Lutheran Church: Crafts
Gale Blevins, Custom Welded Steel Art: Steel art pieces
Octagon House Foundation: Food, merchandise
The Balkan Bakery: Desserts & breads from Eastern Europe
Kathy Baumgarner: Ornaments
Christina Owens, Premier Designs Jewelry: Jewelry
Ken Little: Solar lanterns
Ron & Phyllis Sullivan: Scroll saw art, fretwork & intarsia, wood sleighs, ornaments
Jeraldine Kaires: Handmade jewelry
Jackson Handmade Designs: Leather made items
Barbara Grizzle: Handmade blankets
David & Francis Duvall: Crochet items, canvas paintings, jewelry
Gypsy Mountain Farm: Fiber sheep products, stained glass mosaics, herbal salves
Tarheel Basement Systems: Informational Booth
• Long Neck Lair Alpaca Farm: Alpaca Products
• Ellen Wagner: Jewelry, ceramics, knitted/crochet items, farm house decor, etc.
• Mahalie Winebarger: Vinyl shirts, wood decor, custom shirts, cups, etc.

And many more!

The annual Kaleidoscope Christmas Parade will also take place on Friday, December 1st.  This year, the parade will be a NIGHT parade, beginning at 6:30 PM. Bring a lawn chair, or park near main street and enjoy the lights, bands, and holiday floats!

Interested in being in the parade? Applications are being accepted until Friday, November 24th. Applications are available on the Town of Marion’s website, www.marionva.org. The cost to participate is $25 for nonprofit organizations and churches, $35 for business, and free for first responders and LEOs.

During the Christmas Market, the Marion Morning Rotary Club will host a Beer Garden at the Grand Ballroom and Terrace, located at 132 East Main Street, across from the Farmers Market Pavilion in downtown Marion! Stop by and socialize while enjoying a beverage and bratwurst . This is a fundraiser for the club - bring cash to purchase alcohol at the cash bar!

Hours of Beer Garden:
Friday, December 1st: 5-8 PM
Saturday, December 2nd: 4-7 PM

Don’t forget to stop by the First United Methodist Church on your way to the Christmas Market Saturday morning, between 8 AM and 12 PM for the Kiwanis Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast! The cost is $4.00 per person.
Lastly, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without music! The Lincoln Theatre has a weekend full of holiday cheer planned!

On Saturday, December 2nd, the Kiwanis Club of Marion presents its Annual Christmas fundraiser show with Musicians from all along The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Featuring Gerald Anderson, Jimmy Edmonds, Wayne Henderson, Steve Lewis, Jeff Little, Spencer Strickland, and Helen White, This performance is certain to be a bluegrass Christmas celebration sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Tickets may be purchased from members of The Kiwanis Club of Marion or at the Lincoln Box Office, and are $15.00. The show beings at 7 PM.

Wrapping up our wonderful weekend, the Lincoln Theatre will host Dailey & Vincent for their Spirit of Christmas Tour. They're called the "Rockstars of Bluegrass" and performed last time at the Lincoln to a sold-out house! We're pleased to welcome Dailey & Vincent back to Marion for their Christmas Spectacular, The Spirit of Christmas Tour! Don't miss this all-around entertaining evening, great for the entire family! Tickets are $35.00.

For more information on all of the weekend activities, please contact Olivia McDonald, Executive Director of Marion Downtown at 276-783-4190.


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