For those who want to get an early start on holiday shopping, the Mistletoe Market is returning to Lincoln Hills Golf Club, 1527 N. Lakeshore Drive.
The 12th annual mall-style vendor shopping event, which is brings together businesses from throughout Ludington, as well as , is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and is presented by the Ludington Daily News.
Booths and merchandise from a host of businesses from throughout the area and beyond will be included, as will holiday gift options and a number of other activities and special seasonal entertainment elements.
“We’ve got a few new things this year,” said Banks Dishman of the Daily News. “Watson Ludington is going to have a red tuck out front with a white bow, and Point North R.V. is going to have an R.V. out front … all decorated with Christmas lights.”
The mall-style vendor show will offer dozens of local favorites, each of which has unique, gift-worthy wares to offer, according to Shelley Kovar, event coordinator.
“We have 29 or 30 booths this year, with old favorites, plus many new people this year,” Kovar said.
Participating businesses include Nautical Yarn, Book Mark, Birch Michigan, Blue Earth Alpaca, Storybook Village, Sister Bees, Sunshine’s Candles LLC, All-Weather Seal, Sanders Meats and many more.
“It’s a great chance to be able to shop many, many local businesses all under one roof and get ready for your Christmas shopping,” she said. “We have not only cottage businesses … but also retail businesses … here are thousands and thousands of unique items. It’s a shopping extravaganza.”
Kovar also credited Lincoln Hills Golf Club with adding to the spirit of the Mistletoe Market by providing the venue.
“Lincoln Hills does an amazing job,” she said. “They have a buffet lunch, so you can come out and make a day of it.”
Kovar said the market is not only an opportunity to shop and have fun, but also a chance to support a worthy.
“It’s a $3 donation at the door for the Newpapers in Education program, which helps us put on the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and send (the winners) to Washington, D.C. to participate in that,” Kovar said. “Sometimes people come and think it’s free, but we do take donations and they benefit that nonprofit.”
Santa photographs will be taken by Jennie Wren.
The lunch buffet is $9. Cocktails will be available for shoppers during the market.
Dishman said organizers are expecting a strong turnout.
“We’re anticipating a really great crowd,” Dishman said.
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook or view the Daily News print and e-Editions.