Christmas in the Country-
WNY’s Holiday Artisan Marketplace
November 6th-9th, 2014
Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY
THURSDAY & FRIDAY 10AM- 9PM
SATURDAY 9AM – 6PM
SUNDAY 10AM – 4PM
Born in Hamburg and Made in the US–Christmas in the Country, Holiday Artisan Market Celebrates 30 Years With Complimentary Weekend Return Pass!
A Western New York tradition, Christmas in the Country, Holiday Artisan Market, is celebrating 30 years in grand fashion. For the first time in its storied history, Christmas in the Country will offer complimentary return passes, so patrons can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of this one of a kind shopping experience, all weekend long! “We have always felt our patrons needed more time than just one day to properly enjoy this event,” said Daniel Kaczynski of Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Now everyone has the opportunity to come back as much as they would like, at no additional cost,” added Kaczynski.
In 2013, Christmas in the Country was 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 11 years. Now, celebrating its 30th anniversary and drawing almost 60,000 visitors over four days and features only handmade products made in the United States. The event is widely recognized as the preeminent Holiday Artisan Market in North America. Christmas in the Country is held November 6-9 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
This year Christmas in the Country welcomes 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. “We find new artisans and a lot of time, they find us because this is an excellent opportunity for them,” said Daniel Kaczynski. “We want to continue to make the event fresh and new, but still keep the favorite artisans and traditions here,” 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: Gerard Place, 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 Daniel Kaczynski. “Many of the artisans donate products for auctions and raffles,” 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’s small businesses–hardworking, ingenious and determined. And to see Western New York support them to this extent is very gratifying,” added Kaczynski.
Christmas in the Country opens Thursday and Friday, November 6 and 7 from 10am-9pm each day, Saturday November 8 from 9am-6pm and Sunday November 9 from 10am-4pm in four buildings on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Discount tickets are available through Wednesday November 6 at select locations through Erie County. For a complete list of locations please visit www.wnypremierpromotions.com.
For more than 30 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 $4.5 million in high quality, hand crafted goods from juried artists and artisans. These events have helped raise more than $1.4 million for Western New York charities.