The 21st annual Lynchburg Village Christmas is set for Friday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Once again, the event is being organized by Bill and Angie McTague, owners of the Lynchburg Antique Mall. The McTagues said that there will be new vendors participating this year, offering "very unique items that only a small artisans village can provide."
Peggy Minton and Pam Scott of Peg and Pam's Christmas Workshop are one of the vendors. Repurposed items, such as deacon's benches made from old wooden doors and shelves made from antique chairs, are just a few of the items they will offer for sale.
"In our opinion, their items are 'top shelf,' and they're completely handcrafted here in the village," Bill McTague said.
McTague said that Minton and Scott also surprised guests last year by wearing pajamas for the event.
"When we saw them, we asked them, 'Are you going to bed?'" McTague said. "They said, 'No, it's just fun to add a little something different for the event.' It was a huge hit with all of their visitors."
McTague added that Minton and Scott have a new plan to surprise guests this year.
Another interesting place to shop is "The Creed House." Nestled at the end of Pearl Street, this house looks as though it had belonged to an influential family. This year is Carrie Creed's second Village Christmas, but her family has been handcrafting items for years.
Creed's mother and brother had operated a shop until recently, so many of their primitive items will appear at The Creed House this year. Carrie's husband has also been building cabinets and making signs. Upon entering their home, you will get a glimpse of what the Creeds collect and use to decorate their home.
These are just two examples of the 40 vendors who will be showcasing their items at this year's 21st annual Lynchburg Village Christmas.
Once again, there will be free carriage rides on Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m., weather permitting.
"Those who attended last year's event will remember we were rained out both days," McTague said.
The McTagues said that they would like to everyone who helps make the event possible: the Lynchburg Fire House, for the use of the community room; Terry's Grocery, Roger, Judy, Pam and Taylor Turner, Tom Pitzer Trucking, Rammel Poured Walls, Turner Funeral Home and Hamilton Insurance, who are sponsors of the free carriage rides; Southern Hills Community Bank of Lynchburg for their generous donation of the flatscreen TV to be given away in a free raffle; the Village of Lynchburg for the use of the community room; and all of the vendors and businesses who are participating.
"Without all of this generosity, our event would not be growing like it is," McTague said. "So it is with deep gratitude that we would like to thank everyone for their help."