He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…
The Junior League of Tampa‘s 14th annual Holiday Gift Market presented by Publix returns in 2017- and it’s better than ever before. (I mean, how do you top something consistently amazing?)
Last year, I provided tips for how to hide all of your Holiday Gift Market loot from your husbands. This year, we are relishing in how to
torment treat your children to photos with the Big Man Himself.
Holiday Gift Market is expanding in square footage and number of merchants. They are adding the Entertainment Hall to the Expo Hall to make room for 180+ merchants. 80 of this year’s merchants are brand spanking new to Holiday Gift Market. This is a great way to discover local boutiques and shops from across the country.
Support small businesses, yo!
This Year’s Junior League of Tampa Young Entrepreneur Winner is Lisbeth Pacheco of Ethos Coffee. She will receive a free booth at the Holiday Gift Market and a check from Working Women of Tampa Bay to help her set up the booth. Her Lakeland-based craft coffee roastery will be selling the world’s top ethically sourced coffee beans, including beans from a woman-owned Peruvian coffee farm which are currently being harvested just for Holiday Gift Market.
There are some really amazing kid-friendly special events like Santa Snaps ($15 for a professional photo of Santa- less expensive than waiting in line at the mall), Santa’s Workshop (for $20, your child can create a craft with Bricks 4 Kids/ Kraftologee), Cookies with the Clauses (decorate a cookie and mingle with Santa for $10.) (This event does not include a professional photo, so bring your own camera), and Breakfast with the Princesses, which sold out within 24 hours.
Preview Party is OPEN to the public. This event is Thursday, November 9, you can be among the first to shop this year’s Holiday Gift Market from 7 pm- 10 pm. General admission tickets are $35 and include drink and food samplings from area restaurants, live music, and special discounts. There will also be a cash bar. You can upgrade to VIP for a total cost of $65, which includes a VIP reception at the fairgrounds, VIP swag, special entertainment, and complimentary drink tickets.
Hoppy Holidays “Hoppy Hour” is a new craft beer event on Friday, November 10, from 6 pm- 8 pm. This is a perfect date night! Tickets are $20 and include craft beer, food pairings, and live music.
Dates, Times, and Hours:
Thursday, November 9, 2017: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (preview party ticket is required)
Friday, November 10, 2017: 9:00 am- 8:00 pm (new, extended hours)
Saturday, November 11, 2017: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm.
Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall & Entertainment Hall
4800 U.S. Highway 301 N., Tampa, FL 33610
How to Get Tickets:
$8 at the door or online: get yours here. Be sure to bring $6 cash for parking, which goes directly to the Florida State Fairgrounds. (Early notice is always good if you’re like me and never, ever have cash on you.)
And here, my friends, are some classic “Santa Snaps…” hopefully many will be recreated this year at the Holiday Gift Market.