Christmas market brings homemade holiday gifts to downtown Natchez

Published 2:10 am Friday, December 8, 2017

NATCHEZ — Shoppers seeking unique gifts for the holiday season will have an opportunity to buy handmade goods from local artisans this Saturday at the Downtown Natchez Christmas Market.
Complementing Second Saturday, market coordinator Eddie Burkes said the assemblage of more than 30 local vendors would be a great way to gear up for Christmas.
Burkes, who spearheaded the resurgence of the Downtown Natchez Farmers Market, said the Christmas Market would take place in the 100 block of Commerce Street, just as the spring and fall markets did.
Unlike the previous markets, the Christmas market is not a reoccurring event and will take place only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
While the field of vendors will consist of a few growers, Burkes said a majority of vendors would be local artisans selling handmade goods.
“Most of it will be people with Christmas gift items,” Burkes said.
In addition to the array of vendors, the market will contain all sorts of fun festivities for the whole family, Burkes said.
For those with children, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance.Also, Natchez resident Burnley Cook will keep the market lively by playing holiday tunes on his calliope.
By Saturday, Burkes expects ideal weather for the time of year.
“It should be perfect,” Burkes said. “It should be in the 50s. By about 10 a.m., it’ll be perfect, and it’ll be great Christmas weather.”
Burkes said the market aims to complement and promote the Downtown Merchants’ monthly celebration of Second Saturday.

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