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Thousands of shoppers fill their Christmas gift list at Santa’s Art Show. / Laura Austin Photo

Santa’s Arts & Crafts Show this weekend at DEF

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer– Santa’s Arts & Crafts Show kicks off the Christmas season of joy and gift-giving. The event will take place this weekend on December 2nd and 3rd at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. The show goes from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

For 48 years, the show has been a gathering place to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at reasonable prices.

You will be immersed in the sights and sounds of the holidays as strolling carolers sing your favorite Christmas carols. The scents of the holidays fill the air, enticing you with the aroma of baked goods and freshly brewed coffee and comforting you with cinnamon, clove, and pine.

Santa Claus is on hand to hear what the children want for Christmas. / Laura Austin Photo

Santa Claus won’t miss it. He will be there getting his photo taken with children by the Lions Club as they share their hearts’ desire with him. The dazzling Christmas Tree Lane display from the Altrusa Club of the Indian Wells Valley will stimulate adults’ imaginations. You could win a fully decorated Christmas Tree with presents at Altrua’s Christmas Tree Lane in Joshua Hall.

The 4-H’rs will be at the show with a Petting Zoo for the children to enjoy.

This year, Desert Valleys FCU (formerly Mesquite Hall) is full, and Joshua Hall is full, including a full midway opportunity for shopping.

Pat Farris, owner of the event, said, “We are happy to announce that this year, we are again going to be expanding into Joshua Hall.  We have approximately 140 vendors, and more applicants come in every day. We expect that this will be our best year in quite some time. One vendor is coming from as far away as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.”

Every year, vendors remind us that Ridgecrest is their favorite place because the people are friendly and courteous.

Santa’s Art Shop was introduced to the valley in 1977 and changed ownership many times until June 2012, when Spindler sold it to Pat Farris. This popular holiday event draws visitors and vendors from near and far.

Locals love it because they run into friends they haven’t seen, often only at Santa’s Art Shop.

Admission is $2.00 for adults, and children under 12 are free.