Craft fairs help give early jump on holiday shopping Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Special to GUIDON

The holidays are a time of giving gifts and celebrating family and friends. With that in mind, many communities in the Show-Me State hold special holiday-shopping events where you can find unique, often hand-made gifts, crafts, decorating items and mementos; some even offer wine, and yummy food items for you to enjoy on-site and take home.

Here are some of Missouri’s holiday markets:

— The Best Little Arts and Crafts Show takes place Friday and Saturday at the Sermon Community Center in Independence, Mo. The show includes more than 120 vendors. For more information, call 816.325.7370.

— Two craft fairs take place Saturday and Sunday in Cape Girardeau, Mo., featuring acres of shopping at four enormous venues: the River Valley Craft Club’s Craft Fair ( the Arts Council’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza (

— Nov. 23-24: The Step Back in Time Christmas Craft Festival. The largest event of the year in the Amish community of Jamesport, Mo., includes more than 65 booths and many fun activities. For more information, visit

— Dec. 1-2: You can shop more than 150 vendors at the traditional Lafayette High Market Place in Wildwood, Mo. For more information, visit

— Dec 1-2: Hermann, Mo., holds the Kristkindl Markt in Stone Hill Winery’s heated pavilion. Authentic German foods are served at the traditional German Christmas market. For more details, visit

— Dec. 8-9: The Evening Shade Farms Holiday Open House, near Osceola, Mo., features unique gifts and body-care products made right on the farm. For more information, visit

These are just a few of the holidaythemed activities and events happening in Missouri during the months of November and December.

For more information on shopping, lodging, shows, sporting events and more, check out the Missouri Division of Tourism’s official website,

(Editor’s note: Information for this story was provided by the Missouri Division of Tourism.)

Spouses Club event Saturday at Nutter

The Fort Leonard Wood Community Spouses Club's annual Holiday Craft and Antique Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Nutter Field House.

The event includes a variety of hand-crafted items, antiques, baked goods and other treats available for purchase, as well as photos with Santa Claus at 12:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Admission is $4 per person; free for children 11 and younger. For more information, email the club at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

— GUIDON staff
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