(Nov. 29, 2019) Get an early start on Christmas gift buying during 37th annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair, this Friday through Sunday, at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.

The Holiday Shopper’s Fair will include around 100 vendors, ranging from small and large local businesses, to companies from out of state.


Heidi Wetzel, of Easton, weaves baskets to be purchased at the 36th annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair at the convention center on 40th Street last yea

Merchandise such as candles, photography, children’s gifts, florals, jewelry, clothing, accessories, ceramics, household goods, pet accessories and treats, sports memorabilia, German roasted nuts, nautical wares, homemade soaps and body care, sea glass items, and Amish baked goods can be purchased while browsing vendor booths this weekend.

“I like the variety of items people are selling, and meeting new people,” Melanie Collins, event organizer, said. “It’s fun, the decorations are cheerful, the Christmas music is playing and it’s just a good experience.”

The Holiday Shopper’s Fair was created in 1983 to draw in visitors during the winter months, and about 2,000 people and 60 vendors attended the first event.

Last year, more than 9,000 visitors shopped for treasures throughout the weekend and organizers expect about the same attendance this year, Collins said.

“People should attend because it’s something to do indoors for a great price and there is something for everyone,” Collins said. “This is just a good event for a great price where you can find all types of things under one roof.”

Children can get their faces painted, learn how to juggle with Cascading Carlos, or color holiday scenes at the 40th Street venue. There will also be an opportunity to take pictures with the jolly old elf.

For those who don’t want to shop or need a quick break, there will be a non-shoppers lounge area to watch football, rest and wait for friends and family to finish browsing.

Several nonprofit organizations will be back this year, including Town Cats, Wags & Wishes Animal Rescue and Greyhound Pets of Delaware. Attendees can get started on the adoption process or purchase gift items.

The Marine Corps League will once again collect Toys for Tots donations. In addition, Believe in Tomorrow volunteers will collect donations and sell raffle tickets to raise money for terminally ill children.

Door-prize drawings will be held every half hour. Winners must be present to receive their prizes.

Admission costs $3 for all three days of the Holiday Shopper’s Fair. Children 13 and under get in free.

Fair hours are: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 1-800-OC-OCEAN, 410-289-2800 or email mcollins@oceancitymd.gov.

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