Fill out your gift list, grab a homemade treat, and maybe find something for yourself at one of the largest holiday bazaars in the area opening Friday at the Malheur County Fairgrounds.
At least 60 crafters, bakers and other artisans will have booths at fair-hosted event. The event grew so large this year that Fair Manager Lynelle Christiani has ordered in an extra tent to house it all.
The bazaar is among days of holiday festivities around Malheur County the next few days.
The fairgrounds bazaar opens at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and closes at 6 p.m. The bazaar returns the next weekend with the same hours on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9.
Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be offered on Fridays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Hand crafted” is a big part of the goods for sale. Kathy Olsen will be there with crochet monkey puppets, Paul Atwood brings hand crafted jewelry boxes, and Christine Hood will have hand crafted Christmas decorations.
There will be kids’ books, camping cookware, primitive dolls, fresh holiday arrangements, and lighted garlands.
Door prizes will be awarded hourly along with food booths available.
For more information, contact the fairgrounds at 541-889-3431.
And there is more:
Four Rivers: The entire family is invited to the Four Rivers Cultural Center’s Christmas Spirit and Lighting Celebration Friday, starting at 5 p.m. The event is free and includes a lighting show along with Santa pictures, magician, play reading, carolers, food and treats and kids crafts. For more information, contact the center at 541-889-8191.
Grange Bazaar: Vale Grange will hold its annual Bazaar and Chili Feed on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2. On hand will be more than 40 vendors offering cosmetics, clothes and other handmade items.
Those attending can also pick up a ticket for the Belles and Gents Dance Studio Christmas Tree Raffle to help continued restoration of the grange. The winning ticket will be chosen on Dec. 12. Tickets are $1 each for five for $4 and are also available at CAPS Auto Supply and the Belles and Gents Dance Studio.
Yard Sale: The Women of the Ontario First Christian Church are sponsoring an indoor yard sale in the gym of the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The church is located at 180 NW 1st Street in Ontario. Cinnamon rolls, soups and sandwiches will also be available.
Reading Dawgs: The Nyssa Middle School Book Dawgs Book Club will hold a holiday bazaar on Saturday at the school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hand crafted items along with a food selection will be available with all proceeds going to promote literacy. For more information, contact Kris Hernandez at 541-372-3891.
Vale lighting: Vale’s Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at the Vale Christian Church located at 450 A St. W. In addition to the lighting, Santa will make an appearance along with hot cocoa and caroling. Drawings will also be held, but winners must be present.
Harper play: The Harper Charter School presents A Spellbinding Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 7 in the school gym starting at 7 p.m. The performance, performed by the students, is free to the public.