Christmas in the Country has been recognized as the number one Contemporary and Classic Artisan Market in the nation by Sunshine Artist, the leading publication in the art and craft event industry! Perennially ranked as one of the top five events in the nation, Christmas in the Country retakes the number one position it previously held in 2015. Now celebrating its 34th anniversary and drawing over 60,000 visitors in four days, the Hamburg event has grown from a modest quilt show to a marketplace of over 400 artisans from across the nation.
Christmas in the Country runs Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day; Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several buildings on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Discount tickets are available through Wednesday, Oct. 31 at select locations through Erie County. For a complete list of locations, please visit www.wnypremierpromotions.com.
The event now incorporates a sizable food truck rodeo and The Tavern — an area devoted to sampling craft beer, boutique wineries and small batch spirits.
“Our patrons and artisans have made Christmas in the Country what it is,” said Dan Kaczynski of Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “And that is simply the best Holiday Market in the U.S.”
Given the size and scope of Christmas in the Country, it is difficult to see and do everything in one day. Premier Promotions offers a complimentary return pass every day of the event. “It has had great response from our patrons and they recognize the unique value in paying only one admission charge for the area’s largest and most diverse artisan market,” added Kaczynski.
Attendees to Christmas in the Country will find unique and only handcrafted creations including gourmet foods, spa-quality bath and beauty products, trendsetting jewelry, hand-poured aromatic candles, eco-friendly clothing, pottery, original wall art, woodwork, home décor and holiday gift items galore.
“This is an opportunity to make gift buying and shopping very meaningful,” said Kaczynski. The artisans are spread out over five buildings at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
Throughout the history of Christmas in the Country, giving back to the community has always been an integral part of the event. This year, participating nonprofit groups will include The PUNT Foundation, Churches in Action, Hamburg Eden Animal Rescue Team (H.E.A.R.T.), Variety The Children’s Charity of Buffalo and Hamburg Presbyterian Church. “Helping those in need has always been who we are, both as a company and people of this community,” said Kaczynski.
For more than 34 years, Premier Promotions has produced high-quality, extremely successful artisan events including Springtime in the Country, Springtime in Rochester, Christmas in the Country, Christmas in the Country-Rochester and Yuletide in the Country. The events are consistently ranked among the Top 100 artisan shows in America by Sunshine Artist magazine. Last year, more than 90,000 visitors attended these events purchasing more than $4 million in high-quality, hand-crafted goods from juried artists and artisans. These events have helped raise more than $1.8 million for Western New York charities.