Seekers of unique gifts can rejoice: The annual Silverthorne Holiday Bazaar slated for Saturday will feature a spread of homemade gifts from 30 vendors alongside holiday entertainment and one-on-one visits with the big man himself, Santa Claus.
The bazaar, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion greets visitors with shopping until 3 p.m. and appearances by Santa from 10:30 a.m. until noon and again from 1- 2:30 p.m.
A kickoff to the holiday season in Silverthorne, the bazaar will have homemade craft and gift items, providing a mix of mostly local vendors selling holiday items including, but not limited to: jewelry, ornaments, stained glass, sweaters, mittens, candles, soaps, lotions, scarves, holiday decor, toys and books.
Dancers, ranging from 3-year-olds to adults, will show off their moves in a 30-minute performance of several routines set to different types of music, including hip-hop, jazz, ballet and adult tap dancing and hula numbers, event organizers said.
The bazaar, the first of several holiday markets that will be held all over Summit County this month, has been a tradition in Silverthorne for more than 10 years with exploding popularity. In its first year, six vendors showcased handmade items at the recreation center, now the event is capped at a maximum of 30 vendors and is hosted at the pavilion.
"There is a really great variety of mostly homemade items which makes it really fun," said Nancy Bomgardner, event organizer and recreation coordinator for the town of Silverthorne.
Most of the vendors are from Summit County and have returned to participate in the event year after year.
"The bazaar offers a great venue for local artists to showcase their handwork," Bomgardner said. "It really caters to the local craftsperson with all of the unique items just in time for the holiday shopping season."
Finding the perfect gift for that special someone is why the bazaar has grown in popularity.
"I think people like shopping at the bazaar because it gives them the opportunity to find something different, something new and unique that a person has spent a lot of time making," Bomgardner said. "The bazaar offers something more special than an average retail shop, I think that makes them feel more connected to the items they buy - they're special."
Cheri Breeman, a longtime participant in the annual event said she develops her inventory of homemade jewelry, hats and pottery year-round.
"This event is really fun, it's more about connecting with people than selling," Breeman said.
The scene of the bazaar hosts local vendors and consumers that return annually to see new handmade gifts, Breeman said.
"There are people that I only see once a year and it's at the bazaar," she said. "It's a community thing and it's fun to see what everyone is bringing from year to year."
The prices, ranging anywhere from $1 to more than $100, make it possible for shoppers to find a gift for a diverse crowd, Bomgardner said.
"I'm expecting it to be packed," Breeman said. "The prices are really low and the product is of very high quality and it's all very unique."