Mistletoe Show to feature unique gift ideas for holiday shoppers

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Santa waves to attendees of the 38th annual Mistletoe Show at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center in this Nov. 12, 2016, file photo. This year's Mistletoe Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the rec center.


By Kesha Williams

Thursday, November 8, 2018

This weekend, the Elizabeth City Junior Woman’s Club will host the organization’s 40th annual Mistletoe Show.

The show is a two-day event that gets underway at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center on Saturday at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Hours Sunday will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Early Saturday, organizers will welcome the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the show.

Kelsey Gray, president of the Elizabeth City Junior Woman’s Club, said organizers are hoping this year’s Mistletoe Show will be as spectacular as last year’s show. Craft vendors will exhibit a large selection of merchandise and products to impress new and returning customers.

Gray says the Mistletoe Show is designed to feature crafts that appeal to everyone. 

“The Mistletoe Show includes crafters, artisans and direct sales vendors such as Pampered Chef,” Gray said. “We have children’s gifts and toys available for shoppers. We have one vendor that makes children’s jewelry. We will have a metal artisan, a woodworker and vendors to sell handmade soaps. Farmer Dave will offer gourmet peanuts.”

She describes the Mistletoe Show as a convenient and fun shopping event for people who prefer unique gifts.

“Come shop for different people on your list,” she said. ‘Get some some Christmas shopping done. You can get personalized items for home or family. You can even place special orders and have them ready for holidays.”

While this year’s show will include “constants” regular Mistletoe attendees have grown accustomed to, it also will “offer new merchandise in order to stay in touch with today’s consumers,” Gray said.

This year’s show also includes some perks to help shoppers plan ahead for the holiday season. Gift-wrapping will be available at a booth for a small fee. Proceeds will support Albemarle Hopeline, the local nonprofit that raises awareness about domestic violence and works directly with its victims.

Attendees can also buy lunch at the Mistletoe Show. Owl Feed Ya, a food truck service, will be selling meals from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Seating will be available in the recreation center.

Swimme and Son, a sponsor of the Mistletoe Show, also will provide a seating area for a visit by Santa Claus on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Shoppers can either bring a personal camera to snap photographs of Santa and guests or Junior Woman’s Club members will snap photos and distribute them later, free of charge, via Facebook.

Admission to this weekend’s Mistletoe Show is $4 for adults, $2 for students ages 6-18 and seniors 60 and older. Children 5 and younger get in free. A two-day pass will be available for $5.

For more information about the Mistletoe Show, call 339-6274 or email ecjwcmistletoeshow@yahoo.com.