ARCADIA – Festive entertainment and shopping events designed to usher in the holidays are set for Dec. 1 in Arcadia.
The Arcadia Farmers Market’s Christmas in the Country will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the pavilion at Historical Route 66 and Division Street, and the Hebrews Coffee Shop will present Christmas Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 218 N Odor St.
“We are trying to create a family-friendly Christmas event and offer our vendors a place to sell their items,” said Jodee McLean, co-owner with Linda Simonton of the farmers market and event center.
At Christmas in the Country, festival-goers can decorate cookies with Mrs. Santa Claus, enjoy the Tiger Safari petting zoo from 1 to 2 p.m., create a holiday wreath or have photos taken with Santa or beneath the mistletoe. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Children can ride ponies between 2 and 5 p.m., and visitors can go for a ride on a horse-drawn carriage that will feature a musician on board to lead holiday singing.
Christmas in the Country vendors will sell holiday gift items, fresh trees, fudge, baked goods, cotton candy, seasonal floral creations, cowhide art, Himalayan salt lamps and handmade children’s holiday apparel. Food truck menu items will include barbecue and chili cheese fries. S’mores kits will be for sale at the fire pit.
Activities at the Christmas Market at Hebrews Coffee Shop will include face painting, storytelling, photos with El Dorado and Dakota from Land Run Alpacas and indoor vendors selling fine art, metal art, handcrafted decorative items and reclaimed wood art. The food menu will feature pastries, cookies, muffins, specialty coffee and tea, a Christmas wassail and hot cocoa. Arcadia musician James Hostler will provide free entertainment.
Proceeds from vendor booth rental at the Christmas Market will benefit the nonprofit Hebrews Coffee Shop ministry. Tonya Ryals, whose family founded the ministry, said the coffee shop offers food and drink in exchange for a donation and is a place where local residents and Route 66 travelers can find refuge and “experience God-moments.”
The ministry also holds Bible studies and provides compassionate outreach, such as rebuilding a front porch for an elderly Arcadia resident and buying beds for a single mother.
Volunteers at the Christmas Market will wrap gifts in exchange for a donation to the ministry.
The regular season of the outdoor farmers market ended in October, and vendors now offer handcrafted gift items and farm-fresh eggs and meat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Arcadia Farmers Market building just east of the Arcadia Round barn. Hebrews Coffee Shop is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information or to inquire about booth rental, call Arcadia Farmers Market manager Lori Seagraves at (405) 226-0346. For information about the Christmas Market call Ryals at (405) 887-6465.