Christmas in the Country-
WNY’s International Artisan Marketplace
November 7th-10th, 2013
Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY
THURSDAY & FRIDAY 10AM- 9PM
SATURDAY 9AM – 6PM
SUNDAY 10AM – 5PM
Christmas in the Country, Traditions and Innovations
29th Annual Artisan Market
Christmas in the Country has been recognized as the #2 Contemporary and Classic Artisan Market in the nation by Sunshine Artist, the leading publication in the art and craft event industry. The event has been ranked either #1 or #2 in the nation for the past 10 years. Now, celebrating its 29th anniversary and drawing almost 60,000 visitors over four days, the event is widely recognized as the preeminent holiday Artisan Market in the United States. Christmas in the Country is held November 7-10 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
The theme for this year’s event is, “Christmas in the Country, Generations of Artisans.” We will be showcasing artisans who incorporate different generations of family in their work. This theme will be featured prominently in our newspaper. Newspapers will be distributed Nov. 3rd and are available as you enter the event. Be sure to pick up a paper and read the fascinating stories from some of our artisans.
Christmas in the Country will welcome over 400 artisans spread out over five buildings. Attendees to Christmas in the Country will find unique and only handcrafted creations including home décor, gourmet foods and wine, original music, trendsetting jewelry, handpoured aromatic candles, children’s toys and clothing, stylish pottery, original wall art, gifts for pets, and holiday gift items galore. “This is an opportunity to make gift buying and shopping very meaningful. The selection of products at this market is comprehensive; there is truly something for everyone.” said Sally Kaczynski, founder of Premier Promotions.
This year, Christmas in the Country welcomes many new artisans as well as favorites from years past. “Despite the success of the event, we are constantly looking for new and talented artisans,” said Daniel Kaczynski from Premier Promotions, producers of the event. “We want to make the event fresh and innovative, while still keeping the favorite traditions intact,” added Kaczynski.
Throughout the history of Christmas in the Country, giving back to the community has always been an integral part of the event. This year, the participating non-profit groups include: Kathleen Mary House, Churches in Action, Hamburg Eden Animal Rescue Team (H.E.A.R.T.), Variety The Children’s Charity of Buffalo, Gerard Place and the Hamburg Presbyterian Church. “Helping those in need has always been who we are, both as a company and people of this community,” said Daniel Kaczynski. “Many of the artisans donate products for auctions and raffles as well,” added Kaczynski.
The economic impact of this event is formidable. Restaurants and hotels benefit significantly from patrons and artisans travelling to the event. Local artisans typically mark Christmas in the Country as the highest grossing event of the year. “The artisans really represent the very best of our country–hardworking, ingenious and determined small business people. And to see the community support them to this extent is very gratifying,” added Kaczynski.
Christmas in the Country opens Thursday and Friday, November 7th and 8th from 10am-9pm each day, Saturday November 9th from 9am-6pm and Sunday November 10th from 10am-5pm in four buildings on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Discount tickets are available through Wednesday November 6th at select locations throughout Erie County. For a complete list of locations please visit click here.
For more than 29 years, Premier Promotions has produced high quality, extremely successful artisan events including Springtime in the Country, Christmas in the Country, Christmas in the Country-Erie and Yuletide in the Country. The events are consistently ranked among the Top 100 artisan shows in America, by Sunshine Artist magazine. Last year, more than 90,000 visitors attended these events purchasing more than $4 million in high quality, hand crafted goods from juried artists and artisans. These events have helped raise more than $1.3 million for Western New York charities.