Avalon Faire, Kilgore’s very own Renaissance festival, is well-known for its festivities in the spring and its Oktoberfest celebration in the fall. Now, for the first time ever, they will ring in the holiday cheer with the Avalon Christmas Market.
The event will transform the fairgrounds at 1059 FM 1252 W. in Kilgore into a time of Christmas past. The grounds will be decorated with Christmas lights, holly and mistletoe and guests can enjoy Christmas carols, mulled wine, hot cider and holiday cheer.
Gelene Grim-Marquez, who has been a vendor at Avalon Faire since its inaugural year with her husband Rob, was recently named vendor coordinator for Avalon and said the Christmas Market will give vendors another chance to sell their wares and guests a chance to get last-minute holiday gifts.
“A lot of us vendors do not have another show happening right now. Also, when you do a fair in April, no one’s thinking about Christmas. So, quite a few of us have been talking to the fair owner (Adi DiShion) and telling her it would be really neat if we could do some kind of a Christmas theme and give people something to do,” she said.
The event will be similar to the Avalon Faire event held in April but with a Christmas theme. While there will not be a jousting event, games will be held in the jousting arena.
“The majority of the same vendors will be here. There will be entertainers as well. Some of the vendors do have special Christmas-themed items for sale. I know that one of the vendors will have a bunch of handmade Christmas things.”
Items for sale at Avalon Christmas Market are ideal as stocking-stuffers, gifts or holiday decorations, she added.
Marquez said she hopes to see Avalon continue its holiday events into the future.
“This is definitely an event that we would like to add to the Avalon calendar along with the regular fair and the Oktoberfest.”
Additionally, Avalon Faire vendors and entertainers will appear in several local Christmas parades.
Avalon Christmas Market will be held over two weekends, Dec. 7 and 8 and Dec. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are $5 each and are available for purchase by visiting www.AvalonFaire.com and clicking the “Avalon Christmas Market” link at the top of the homepage.