By Julie Williams
Have your kids started their countdown or, more importantly, have you started shopping for those special people on your Christmas list? Look no further than Markham’s 31st annual Home for the Holidays show.
“I start and finish all my Christmas shopping at our show,” says Home for the Holidays producer Debra Grose. “I find all the unique gifts I want to give, plus I find some for myself and I let friends and family know where they can find what I would like as a gift.”
Grose has been producing the show since the beginning. She delights in the emails, handwritten note cards and messages on their Facebook page from happy customers who share their joy about the Yuletide season, associating their show with the kick off for their Christmas festivities.
The show boasts the unique and unusual. Canadian Shield rocks that are candle holders; stained glass or personalized ornaments; Christmas accent rugs; sterling silver wind chimes; Canadian antique furniture; candles in all shapes, sizes and scents of the season; hand crocheted hats; metal art; quilts; rare-wood turned bowls and cutting boards; handmade stationery; sparkling jewelry; garden and cottage accents; mouth-watering chocolate; leather-bound embossed journals; decorated window screens; and incredible foods. Meet Santa and be entertained by the Baker Street Victorian Carolers.
The show runs from Nov. 16-18 at the Markham Fairgrounds. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $2 for children, 13 and older. Visit homefortheholdiays.ca or contact [email protected] to purchase advance tickets.
For the fourth year, Grose is partnering with CTV’s Toy Mountain.
“It’s important we are sharing our Christmas spirit for the children,” she said. “We have collected over 10,000 toys at the show.”
Main photo: Santa, Debbie Blair of Homespun Designs and Pat Montgomery of Candlelight and Memories invite you to shop at Home for the Holidays. Julie Williams photo