Holiday Market

Farmers Market in the Park hosts seasonal event

The temperature may have changed but the shopping opportunities remain the same, almost.

Farmers Market in the Park is hosting a Holiday Market for the second year and this time will be sticking to their typical Lake Street location rather than moving things indoors.

Of course, like has been the case for many events this year, that decision was made in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

So far more than 30 vendors have signed up for the Holiday Market, which will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Arnolds Park.

“It may be a little cold, but I said if we planned to do it outside it would be 40 degrees and sunny,” said Krissy Thiessen, founder of Farmers Market in the Park. “And, you know, when I looked at the forecast recently it’s supposed to be 45 and sunny so far!”

Visitors will recognize many of the same vendors from the summer season, though some may be selling something different things this time around.

“We have everyone from someone selling Christmas trees, to spices, holiday cookies and pies, artwork. It’s going to be a cool, fun, unique way to find Christmas gifts or fun hostess gifts for Thanksgiving,” Thiessen said.

In visiting the Holiday Market, guests won’t only be finding fun gifts and enjoying some Christmas cheer, they’ll also be giving back.

Admission to the market will include participation in a canned food drive benefiting the Dickinson County Hunger Coalition. Visitors are asked to bring canned goods or donate monetarily at the welcome tent.

“This has been a devastating year for folks and unfortunately there are people right in our backyard going hungry right now, so we are doing what we can to help curb that as much as we can,” Thiessen said.

Santa Claus himself is also slated to find his way to the market to spread holiday cheer.

In keeping with the holiday theme there will also be a live nativity scene.

Food trucks, like Girl’d Cheese and Black Earth Java, among others, are also scheduled to find their way to the holiday market.

Arnolds Park Amusement Park will also have it’s bar and waffle stand open, while several Queen’s Court shops will open their doors as well.

Decoy will also be on hand providing live music.

“We’re trying to bring as much joy and happiness as we can right now. I think everyone needs that,” Thiessen said. “Something to bring people together a little bit and in a way where people are comfortable.”