Mission Markets and Christmas Fest set for Dec. 7

The Mission is hosting Mission Markets and Christmas Fest from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. (Photo by Donna Summerall, DTL)
Staff Writer

The first Mission Markets took place in October. It was a successful beginning as a fundraiser for The Mission's Men's Transitional Center, but the Men's Transitional Center is still in need of some HVAC installation before opening.

"We were talking to Lisa Klutts about Mission Markets," Cole Bryan, son of Dickie Bryan, said. "She thought it was a great idea but we really needed to have one during the Christmas season. So we are having Mission Markets and Christmas Fest, from 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7."

Bryan said the Mission Markets will be seasonal, there was talk of a monthly event, but having one four times a year seemed like a good plan.

"We will have food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and it's open to anyone wanting to set up, $20 for a small booth and $40 for a larger space," Bryan said. "If you pay for a $40 booth you get to choose where you want it. The parking lot that we'll be using is very large with plenty of room."

Vendors can keep the proceeds from their booths.

There will be a hot cocoa stand and pancake stand that will be open for the entire event.

Vendors with crafts, baked goods, flea market items will be there from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.

"The Holly Jolly Trolley will run from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.," Bryan said. "The Frozen jumper house will be available until dark. Bring the kids early so they don’t miss either of these fun events."
The event will also have the Kris Kringle Cake Walk and a scavenger hunt with a grand prize.

The Impossible Putt will challenge skill levels.

"At 6 p.m., grab your blanket and a cup of cocoa for a fun, free Christmas movie under the big tent," Bryan said. "When it starts to get dark, The Mission will light up.  We also will have miniature ponies dressed up for Christmas photos and the coolest elf volunteers running around to make your day extra jolly."

When Christmas Fest was in the planning stages, it was important to organizers that a family be able to come and enjoy the event with $20 or $2,000.

"We do not want the lack of money to keep any child from enjoying this event," Bryan said. "To make this happen, we are offering the Peppermint Pass for $15. It will include the following: A cup of cocoa or caramel cider, a stack of pancakes, a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley, the Frozen Castle jumper, Kris Kringle Cake walk and the Christmas scavenger hunt."  

Bryan said tickets to do all the children's events will cost $25 without the Peppermint Pass.

"You can purchase these for your child or grandchild," Bryan said. "Or consider purchasing one(or more) for a single parent home. These will be distributed through Vena’s Place to families who couldn’t come otherwise. This is going to be a great community event for everyone to come and enjoy."

Peppermint Passes can be purchased in advance at The Mission.