The dates have been set, activities planned and vendors recruited. The 2nd Annual St. James-Mansfield European Christmas Market is gearing up to spread Christmas magic across the heart of Mansfield, PA. For the second time in this sleepy little town, a market modelled on those found in Europe and to which hundreds of thousands of people travel each year, will magically appear on December 7, 2018. The weekend event kicks off with the Market opening at 3pm on Friday, December 7, 2018.
Over 20 decorated booths will form a courtyard on the lawn of St. James, winding around the historic Church to create a vibrant but intimate atmosphere filled with holiday joy and spirit. Activities are scheduled throughout each day so plan on spending some time at the Market. The full Event Schedule will soon be available at https://st-james-mansfield.diocpa.org/digital_faith/events/3178389.
From local artwork, handmade Christmas decorations, jewellery, housewares, festive food and drink, toys, accessories and even gifts for pets, you will be sure to find something to treat yourself or the perfect present for friends and family. Hidden Creek Vineyard and Winery will be selling warm spiced Glühwein and Mill Street Treats will be selling hot roasted coffee. Sweet Side Maple will be selling maple cotton candy, maple crumble, maple candy and maple syrup. Papa the Butcher will be selling his locally famous Christmas Sausages, hot to eat there or to take home. These are just a few of the more than 20 vendors that will be at the Market.
Filling the courtyard with music and festive joy during the St. James European Christmas Market will be various entertainers from musicians to a balloon artist. At 7pm on Friday Callanish, a Celtic band, will be giving a free Celtic Christmas concert in the Sanctuary. There will be an ornament design booth where kids of all ages can design Christmas ornaments to hang on the St. James tree or take home. The tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening will showcase ornaments and lovely lights. Photos with St. Nicholas will be provided both days. The Market closes with the annual Lessons & Carols in the sanctuary of St. James.