Thursday, November 8, 2018

Christmas Village J'ville

Nancy Gillespie has been the Chairman of the Jacksonville Arts Council for 4 years. The Jacksonville Arts Council promotes the arts in schools and work with children all year long. The Arts Council is responsible for the Fair on the Square, Celebrate Jacksonville and the upcoming Christmas Village.

The Christmas Village will take place on Saturday, November 17th at the Jacksonville Community Center, the doors open at 9 AM. Admission to the event is free, but there will be many local vendors set up throughout the Village. Santa Claus will be there and available for pictures for a fee. Many of the vendors will offer hand-crafted products that you can’t get anywhere else. While a few vendors will accept cards, cash is highly recommended. Most of the proceeds made from the Christmas Village event will be poured back into the community to support the arts, music programs, and art programs in the schools as well. There will be a few performances throughout the event, starting with the Kitty Stone Elementary Choir at 10 AM. While admission is free to the event, donations are accepted graciously, and they can be made directly to schools or performers.

Between the hours of 9 AM – 12 PM, there will be a Children’s Shop for the younger kids. Nothing in the shop will be over a $1.00, so they can buy gifts for other family members. This is a fantastic opportunity to give the kids a chance to “shop” on their own accord and still support the community at the same time. Gillespie is most excited for the community interest that has followed the Christmas
Village, stating “The response we are getting not only from the vendors, but the community as well. People are excited and eager to see their favorite vendors return and what new vendors have to offer.”

The Christmas Village is a wonderful opportunity to jump off the holiday season, and grab few unique gifts as well. Come enjoy the day, and be prepared to have fun! Bring the entire family for a chance to get ahead on your Christmas shopping!

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