Catch the Christmas spirit

Wendy Zeng and John Spitters – photographed through a heart-shaped glass ornament – peruse a display of trinkets at last year's Unique Gift and Craft Marketplace

Get into the Christmas spirit early at a big craft fair tonight and all day Saturday at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.

More than 95 vendor tables are lined up for this year’s Christmas in Cloverdale Unique Gift and Craft Marketplace, running Nov. 19 and 20.

The massive craft and art fair has outgrown Shannon Hall and has expanded into a second building this year – the Alice McKay building at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, organizer Heather Harasymow says.

There’s a silent auction on Saturday to help raise money for the Adams Road Elementary Parent Advisory Council.

There will also be a $500 cash giveaway, along with a host of other events and activities.

Children can visit with Santa and have their picture taken, or enjoy magic performances and balloon animals by Joseph the Magician. There’s also face painting, a make-your-own craft area, a food concession and more.

Admission proceeds will be donated to the Surrey Food Bank.

Visitors are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the cause.

Vendors will be on hand selling art and jewellery, crafts and paintings, clothing, photographs, and all sorts of gift ideas.

Operating hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 19, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20.

For more information visit christmasincloverdale.com.

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