Creatives come together for Santa’s Arts Market

By Caitlin Giddens

thumbnail_santas-arts-market-2If you’re looking for last-minute Christmas gifts, then you’re in luck. Santa’s Arts Market will be held on Saturday, December 17, from 12-4 p.m. in Heritage Square. After taking your free photo with Santa, shop from Waco’s finest arts and craft vendors— including Black Oak Art, featured in this week’s “Fixer Upper” — plus Waco Woodworks, Misguided Good Girls, Wood Burning by Marsha, E2 Creative, local jewelers, potters, painters and more.

This arts market is more than a shopping opportunity — it’s a collection of our community’s creativity and a celebration of Downtown Waco’s Cultural District designation. “This year has been all about artists coming together to support each other,” Fiona Bond, executive director of Creative Waco, said.

thumbnail_santas-arts-market-collageThis Saturday, you can shop for handmade Christmas gifts at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then come to Santa’s Arts Market to finish your shopping list. There will be a range of goods for sale, including leather, metal, pottery, canvases and more traditional paintings and prints.

Susan Sistrunk and Jesus Rivera, two local artists commissioned to create ornaments for the State Capitol Christmas Tree, will sell custom painted ornaments at the market. Sistrunk’s glitter-filled ornaments will feature five different landmarks in Waco. “The customer will choose the fill and the landmark, and the ornament will be painted upon request,” Sistrunk said. “They will each be signed and numbered for the occasion, making this an extremely limited edition.”

At Santa’s Arts Market, you’ll find a truly unique gift while enjoying live jazz music, cute carolers, treats from Pokey-O’s and the best hot chocolate in town. Bring your families and pets and celebrate our city’s creativity!


caitlin-giddensCaitlin Giddens is a writer, an educator and an arts enthusiast. She enjoys instilling her love of literature and art in others. You can contact Caitlin at cruthgiddens@gmail.com.

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