Knox isn’t a very large town so it may seem surprising to find out just how big the shopping selection is at Once Upon a Christmas – it’s very big. Between the two dozen open house retail shops is a truly impressive array of fine art good and unique crafts. Guided by handmade snowmen signs, visitors are sure to enjoy the free refreshments and delicious cookies as they take in an awesome selection of goods and gifts. This festival is an instant win.
Between the local crafters and boutique shops there is an amazing selection to browse at Once Upon a Christmas. Hand made crafts include the likes of various tinware, lamps, painted saws, jewelry, purses, ornaments, toys such as dolls and model cars, and scrap booking materials, painted slate, weaved baskets, etched glass, painted glass, even personalized and decorated hard-sided suitcases. Quilted, sewn, or knitted, there is an impressive selection of fabric goods too. Quilts, hand sewn garments, crocheted decorations and knick-knacks and felted purses are just a sample of what visitors can expect to find. There are also floral arrangements, wreaths, even trees, The Boy Scouts are camped out (figuratively of course) at Irish Acres Tree Farm serving refreshments and selling wreaths.
At Once Upon a Christmas the big to-do is Friday evening when the festivities begin with the ceremonial illumination of the Christmas lights. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are at Main Street Park taking pictures and handing out free treat bags for the kids. The Library has a story time on Thursday and through the weekend hosts a fabulous bake sale. The girl scouts host the gingerbread house project. These beautifully constructed homes are on display at various businesses and open houses. Local churches serve lunch on Friday and breakfast and on Saturday they serve breakfast in addition to lunch. Visitors are encouraged to stop in for hot soups, sandwiches, fabulous entrée items, and homemade desserts. The local ice cream parlor serves up over a dozen homemade flavors as well as cookies, jellies, fudge and even hot soup.
Admission is free and parking is in town. A car is recommended for the more outlying locations.