Ocean City Today

Annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair in OC this weekend

By Kara Hallissey | Nov 23, 2017

(Nov. 24, 2017) More than 140 vendors will feature an assortment of items for sale during the 35th annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair, held Friday through Sunday, at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.

The event provides attendees an early start on buying gifts with a number of local favorites in attendance as well as retailers traveling from all over the United States including Florida, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

“We brought a lot of different small businesses together under one roof with Christmas décor and music,” said organizer Melanie Collins.

Unique handmade merchandise, candles, photography, children’s gifts, florals, jewelry, clothing, accessories, ceramics, household goods, pet accessories and treats, sports memorabilia, German roasted nuts, nautical wares, clothing, homemade soaps and body care, sea glass items and Amish baked goods are a few of the presents that can be purchased while browsing the vendors’ booths this weekend.

The Holiday Shopper’s Fair was started in 1983 to draw visitors to the area during cold, winter months, and about 2,000 people attended the first event which included 60 vendors. Last year, approximately 9,000 visitors shopped for treasures throughout the three days and organizers expect about the same attendance this year, Collins said.

Children can get their faces painted, check out a juggling act or color holiday scenes at the 40th Street venue. Santa will make an appearance from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Santa will stop by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For those who don’t want to shop or need a quick break, there will be a pair of televisions set up in a lounge area.

Several nonprofit organizations will be back this year including Delmarva Cat Connection and Town Cats. Attendees can get started on the adoption process or purchase gift items. The Marine Corps League will collect donations in addition to Wags & Wishes Animal Rescue and Greyhound Pets of America - Delaware.

In addition, Believe in Tomorrow will be in attendance to collect donations and sell raffle tickets for terminally ill children.

Door prize drawings will be held every half hour and winners must be in attendance to receive prizes.

Admission costs $3 for all three days of the Holiday Shopper’s Fair. Children 13 and under get in free.

Show hours are: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 1-800-OC-OCEAN, 410-289-2800 or email mcollins@oceancitymd.gov.

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