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Laura Austin File Photos / Thousands visit Santa’s Arts and Crafts Show every year and purchase one-of-a-kind handmade Christmas gifts for family and friends.

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 3rd and 4th at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. The show goes from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday.

For 47 years the show has been a gathering place to shop for one-of-a-kind items 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 won’t miss it. He will be there getting his photo taken with children by the Lions Club as they share with him their hearts’ desire. Adults’ imaginations will be stimulated by the dazzling Christmas Tree Lane display from the Altrusa Club of the Indian Wells Valley.

“I am looking forward to Santa’s Art Shop this year,” says long-time Ridgecrest resident Barbara Sorges. “I haven’t been in a while because of all the restrictions we’ve been under for the last couple of years. I used to go every year. It was a big event with great vendors and lots of different items and but mostly it was a big social event because everybody in town would go and that’s when I got to see all my friends.”

According to Pat Farris owner of the event, she said, “We are happy to announce that this year we are expanding into Joshua Hall. Joshua has not been available to us for several years. We have more than 100 vendors with more applicants coming in every day. We expect that this will be our best year in quite some time. We have one vendor coming from as far away as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.”

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

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

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