One of the most popular and unique craft shows of the holiday season, Rimersburgâ€™s A Christmas Present is held in the style of open house. So while the shopping selections are great for sure, the themes are definitely what make the experience magical. Each location has its own special name, like â€œSnowflake Alleyâ€, â€œOld Tyme Christmasâ€, and â€œGingerbread Houseâ€ and every place offers its own style of decoration and magic. Full of warmth, passion, and care, a present this festival truly is.
The nearly two dozen individual locations are what makes A Christmas Present so much fun. Each location is elaborately dressed in their own style of holiday decorations. All kinds of themes and motifs are displayed and ranges from country to colonial to antique, and nostalgic. Hosting locations have free refreshments including fresh cookies and hot cider. Some even have door prizes. There is plenty of hot delicious food to energize and warm patrons. The local Presbyterian Church hosts its famous Mrs. Clausâ€™ Home Cooking, a buffet of soups, sandwiches, and assorted desserts. Various locations also serve homemade soup, fresh baked bread, baked goods, kettle korn, hot mulled cider, cookies, and pumpkin rolls.
With a name like A Christmas Present, there is an expectation of great shopping, and A Christmas Present certainly foots the bill. With over a hundred different vendors located through town there are plenty of gift and buying options. Great rustic and country crafts like wood furniture, antiques, candles, jewelry, specialty foods, and even arrangements of fresh cut flowers are available for purchase. Naturally, there are a lot of Christmas items for sale too, including wreaths, wooden Christmas ornaments, Snowmen and Santa decorations, and handmade greeting cards. The local community building hosts a large selection of vendors while at the library is more crafters plus their annual book sale.
Admission is free and parking is in town.