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, #1 in the Nation Once Again
click here to watch our WGRZ interview from the 2012 event on channel 2
Christmas in the Country has been recognized as the #1 Contemporary and Classic Artisan Market in the nation by Sunshine Artist, the leading publication in the art and craft event industry. Perennially ranked as one of the top 5 events in the nation, Christmas in the Country retakes the number one position it previously held in 2009. Now, celebrating its 29th anniversary and drawing almost 60,000 visitors over four days, the event has grown from a modest quilt show to a marketplace of over 400 artisans from across the country and around the globe.
“This is all thanks to our tremendously talented artisans and the overwhelming support of patrons from Western New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada,” said Daniel Kaczynski from Premier Promotions, producers of the event. “To be nationally recognized as the best of the best is a tribute that all of Western New York can be proud of,” 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. “Our artisans are the quintessential small business person. They are equal parts CEO, accountant, marketing executive, manufacturer, salesperson and artisan,” said Kaczynski. “They really represent the very best of our country–hardworking, ingenious and determined. And to see the community support them to this extent is very gratifying,” added Kaczynski.
Attendees to Christmas in the Country will find unique and only handcrafted creations including gourmet foods, spa quality bath and beauty products, original music, trendsetting jewelry, handpoured aromatic candles, eco-friendly clothing, pottery, original wall art, woodwork, home décor and holiday gift items galore. “This is an opportunity to make gift buying and shopping very meaningful,” said Sally Kaczynski, founder of Premier Promotions. The artisans are spread out over four buildings at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
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 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 Sally Kaczynski. “Many of the artisans donate products for auctions and raffles as well,” 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.