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The beloved Christmas Connection is celebrating 40 years of bringing some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors to Kingsport. Whether you are refreshing your home décor, trying to find that perfect gift, or treating your taste buds, the Christmas Connection is here to connect you just in time for the holiday festivities! You can find unique gifts and support artisans in our region. Admission is free all weekend.

As the weather turns colder, the Civic Auditorium will be filled with a warm holiday glow to put customers in a holiday mood for shopping. The sights, sounds and smell of Christmas will surround shoppers as they shop from over 60 artisan vendors.

Country crafts, home décor, fine woodcrafts, leather crafts, handmade soaps and lotions, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, stained glass, herbal products, hand-built pottery, fabric crafts, needlework, American Girl doll clothing, pet accessories and clothing, candles, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, snowmen, santas, reindeer food, candied pecans, lavender products, miniature figurines, baked goods, and much more will be available for purchase from these talented artisans and crafters.

Make sure to take your taste buds into the West Room, where you’ll find the “Sugarplum Café.”  This special café is exclusive to the Christmas Connection, providing mouthwatering sandwiches, soups, and snacks for the shopper on the go, or those wanting to linger longer for a meal. Outside, attendees can purchase treats from the food truck favorite Auntie Ruth’s Doughnuts.

Joining the merry 40th celebration, talented local musical groups will provide live music from the stage, to serenade customers as they shop.  Shoppers also have the opportunity to learn about the replica of the Santa Train being built, as a part of the Kingsport Model Train Project.  Model Train volunteers will be on hand to share their knowledge and talent with the public and explain this craft form in more detail.

Whether you have been visiting the Christmas Connection for 40 years or you are trying it out for the very first time, this artisan and craft fair has something for you!  Kingsport’s Annual Christmas Connection, a free admission event, is to be held November 1-3 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium and is sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday            Nov. 1            12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 2            10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov. 3            12 Noon – 4 PM

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.