Even in a town steeped in tradition, there are only a handful of events that have continued uninterrupted for 69 years. The Christmas Shop is one of them and on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th Emmanuel Episcopal Church will once again be transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland with the theme of “All God’s Creatures. The Christmas Shop is an outreach of Emmanuel Church, attracting more than 25 vendors from around the country selling unique gifts, fashion, jewelry, children’s clothing, toys, books, antiques, decorations and so much more. Brassicas Café from Aldie will be serving scrumptious organic quiches, pastries, and lunch. Live music, a children’s art show, visits from E. Manuel Fox and lots of woodland animals hiding throughout will enhance your shopping experience. There is truly a gift for everyone on your holiday list and probably a little something for you too. And this year, you can have your gifts beautifully wrapped before you leave the Shop. Proceeds from the annual event benefit Emmanuel and its work in the Middleburg community including, Seven Loaves, Windy Hill, Fish and Blue Ridge Hospice.
The Christmas Shop is a Middelburg tradition embraced by the entire town. It takes a village to run an event of this size and the small congregation of Emmanuel gets lots of help from its friends and neighbors, who volunteer as Elves during the three days of the show. Townies also help with marketing and house vendors who come from far away. Annually, the show draws more than a thousand visitors who patronize local eateries and shops while they are visiting.
Pretty soon you will begin to see the big white tent being erected on the lawn of the parish house at 105 E. Washington Street and teams of volunteers streaming in and out with decorations and set up. Mark your calendar for the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in November for the 69th Annual Emmanuel Christmas Shop. The suggested donation for admission is only $5 per person and $10 per family. See you there.
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