Santa’s Art Shop returns to IWV this weekend

Santa’s Art Shop returns to IWV this weekendShoppers browse the wares of crafters and artisans at last year’s Santa’s Art Shop — News Review file photo

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“Christmas shopping begins and ends at Santa’s Art Shop — there’s something for everyone!”

Pat Farris, proprietor of the popular holiday faire for artisans and crafters, invites the community to the Desert Empire Fairgrounds this weekend to experience a shopper’s paradise for treasure hunters and a feast of the senses to help usher in the Christmas spirit.

This year more than 100 artisans and crafters specializing in unique handmade items will fill indoor and outdoor both spaces at the fairgrounds.

Some of the new participants this year include jewelry makers and a couple who makes artisan cheese. Returning favorites include woodworkers who make handcrafted cutting boards, bowls and other tools and serving utensils, a glass sculptor, a fudge maker and a vendor for alpaca wool clothing and accessories.

This is also a great opportunity to support local small-business owners, said Vendor Coordinator Cherish Rindt, who noted that more than 50 percent of this year’s artisans and crafters are locally based.

“A lot of our vendors say this is their very favorite holiday show of the whole year,” said Rindt. “We hear over and over again how welcoming and friendly our community is.”

Once again partnering with Santa’s Art Shop to create holiday ambiance is Altrusa International, who will bring its Christmas Tree Lane exhibit. Uniformed military from the Marine Aviation Detachment at China Lake will be on hand for the annual Toys for Tots Drive.

On Saturday morning the Roadrunner Car Club will hold its annual show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Members of Burroughs High School Band and strolling carolers will also be performing holiday music favorites for the crowds.

Hungry shoppers have a multitude of food options this year, including Asian, Mexican and barbecue.

Infinite Movement Academy will offer youngsters an opportunity to burn off some kettle-corn-and-candycane-fueled energy with their popular parkour course.

“Santa’s Art Shop is one of those things you just have to experience in person,” said Farris. “You feel like you are stepping into a whole new world — a world of Christmas.”

Each year, more than 7,000 people come to see firsthand how the fairgrounds transforms into a winter wonderland. One of the highlights of the weekend will be a guest appearance from everyone’s favorite North Pole celebrity. The Lions Club will be hosting Santa, so that children can have their pictures taken with him.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is only $1 per person, and parking is free.

Story First Published: 2018-11-30