The Kennett Square Holiday Village Market opened its virtual doors on Saturday for the first of two back-to-back weekends of Christmas-time shopping, eating and strolling.
Vendors offering everything from traditional wreaths to roasted nuts and letterpress cards filled the European-style market that took over the grounds of The Creamery, Kennett Square’s popular beer garden, which now has a large enclosed, climate-controlled space with an eatery and beverage station.
Families and shoppers of all ages turned out to enjoy a bounty of holiday offerings – from winter wreath and terrarium workshops, to axe throwing(!), ice sculpture making, story time with Santa, to strolling among the 40 vintage and artisan exhibitors.
Local crafts and handmade items were a particular hit, including bowls made from local hardwoods, Chester County honey and bee-related products, greenery and winter arrangements, handcrafted jewelry, ceramic vessels, alpaca scarves, small batch healing and beauty products, pottery, handcrafted birdhouses, and home goods made from locally foraged wood.
The mix of vendors is different for each day of the festival. So if you went this past weekend, you can also visit the holiday market next weekend with a fresh selection of exhibitors.
Kennett Township Supervisor Whitney Hoffman came up with the idea of a village holiday market after traveling to Europe over the holidays. “We thought this would be a great way for people in our community and from neighboring Wilmington to come outside and share the holidays,” she said. “But we also hope to reach some of the thousands who visit nearby Longwood Gardens annually at Christmas — our market is a great way for them to supplement their Longwood visit.”
Organizers say that despite spotty weather, 2,700 attended the free event on Saturday, and they are still tabulating results of Sunday. The Kennett Square Holiday Village Market will be open Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday Dec. 9 from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information go to: https://www.kennettholidayvillage.com