Step away from your holiday-promo-filled inbox, tune out the banter of commercial noise and bring a touch of magic and warmth to your family’s holiday experience this year. At the Lake Champlain Waldorf School, you will find a two-day, European-style fair and magical family event that truly finds the heart of the holiday season – and all are welcome.
The Holiday Fair begins with an Artisan Market for adults and older teens on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 9 pm. Hallways are decorated with festive greenery, and live music creates a warm and inviting ambiance. Enjoy savory treats and browse for all your holiday gifts from over 60 artisans. This is a curated Artisan Market; offerings include natural fiber crafts handmade with wool or felt, upcycled clothing, jewelry, quilts, hand forged candle holders, art, beeswax candles, henna kits, handmade skirts, accessories, aprons, scarves, folk art owls, hand-turned bowls cutting boards, art-deco vintage painted book cut-outs, and many gifts for children including doll houses, tutus, gnomes, doll clothes, and handmade Waldorf dolls. “We want to bring a special, handmade shopping experience to our community,” says Artisan Market organizer Karen Duguay. “We have price points for everyone.”
Friday night activities also include wreath decorating, using local Vermont greenery and handcrafted decorations (made by students) such as delicate poinsettia sprigs, miniature knitting needles with yarn and dainty gift-wrapped boxes. Attendees may also enjoy a pottery spinning demo and splurge on henna tattoos.
On Saturday, along with the Artisan Market, the whole family is welcome to enjoy one of the most magical holiday experiences in the region. On Dec. 1, from 10 am to 3 pm, children will be enthralled with an unforgettable visit to the “Crystal Cave of the Snow Queen,” and a trip (or three!) to the beloved “Angel Room,” a special shopping experience only for children. There is holiday craft making with natural materials, storytelling by the outstanding “Sparkle Stories,” two play performances (including scenes from “A Christmas Carol”), face painting, cookie decorating, and other magical activities and games. The bustling artisan market continues all day, and visitors can enjoy African drumming, holiday singing, homemade, healthy bistro food and more. Bring your family early because you’ll want to stay the whole day! Admission is free, and activities cost $1 to $3.
The school is located at 359 Turtle Lane in Shelburne. For more information, contact the Lake Champlain Waldorf School at 985-2827 or visit lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org.