Annual Christmas Bazaar at Church of the Holy Family

The Church of the Holy Family is hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The proceeds raised at the event will help support different ministries and programs throughout the community.

Filled with holiday activities, event coordinator Sheila McGirl said the Christmas Bazaar is wall-to-wall holiday activities.

“We have everything under the sun that you can think of related to the holidays,” she said.

With more than 21 vendors, approximately 35 raffle baskets and loads of entertainment, McGirl said there is something for the entire family.

The vendors change each year, and baskets are put together with items donated from local businesses, she said.

“Secret Santa” is a mini shopping center where children and teens can do Christmas shopping for family members. The items for sale are priced between $1 and $5. A few items are closer to $10 for the teens to pick from, she said.

“Grandma’s Attic” is another set up for more holiday shopping. Attendees can donate new items for others to purchase as gifts.

As for performances, the Harmony Choir from Mainstage Center for the Arts in Pitman will be at the Bazaar singing holiday music.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance at the event to take pictures with children.

The performance is McGirl’s favorite out of the entire event.

“You feel like you are watching one of those ‘Bing Crosby Show’ holiday specials,” she said.

Children can also enjoy a wagon train ride before taking pictures with Santa.

The train ride is not the end of the holiday activities.

Baskets will be raffled as well as decorated Christmas trees. A lottery and gift card decorated wreath will also be raffled, McGirl said.

A children’s beauty salon will be on the premises for a mini beauty makeover.

The North Pole Candy store will be open and baked goods will also be sold to satisfy the holiday sweet tooth. Food will also be served at the event.

Children will get a chance to make their own holiday decoration, and a hospitality room is set up for the “in between ages“ with food, refreshments and games, McGirl said.

The holidays are meant to bring families together, McGirl said. With all of the holiday events, the main focus of the event is family.

“The parish name is Church of the Holy Family so we really like to promote family. Our first goal is to bring families together for the holidays,“ McGirl said.

Admission to Holy Family Church’s annual Christmas Bazaar is free, but each activity varies in price.  Families attending the event will exchange cash for “Christmas money” at the door. For every dollar exchanged at the door, the same dollar amount is given in “Christmas money.”

Other holiday related events at the Church of the Holy Family include enjoy brunch with Santa Saturday, Dec. 15; the church’s holiday coat drive on Saturday, Dec. 15; a children’s Christmas nativity play on Tuesday, Dec. 18; and family Christmas caroling on Saturday, Dec. 22. For more information on any church event, call the parish’s office at 228-1616.

Church of the Holy Family is located at 226 Hurffville Road, Sewell.

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