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
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.
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.