The holidays are in full swing this weekend in Fort Atkinson! At the annual Holiday Open House & Market, shoppers will get all the small town charm they can handle, plus refreshments, in-store specials, strolling carolers, hayrides with Santa and more, while finding gifts for everyone on their holiday list. At participating “Red Box” retailers, guests are invited to register for the Giant Red Box drawing, valued at over $1500, as well as several additional prizes.
In addition, over 100 farmer and art vendors will be selling holiday wares at seven different locations, open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, and a free trolley will help transport shoppers to and from each location. Each host site will offer locally made holiday treats and handcrafted gifts as well as live music, children’s arts activities, and food. Shoppers can play the Market Bingo game for even more fun and prizes.
Purchases made at participating merchants on December 7 will support this year’s Merchants Making a Difference recipient: Trudy’s Room. This local service is dedicated to fostering the well-being of infants and young children by facilitating the donation, collection and distribution of furniture, clothing, diapers and other basic supplies to families while assisting them in achieving economic independence.
Katie Carey is a member of the Jefferson County Area Tourism Council and the Tourism Manager at the Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce. She's focused a lot of her efforts on building the JCATC's Instagram page and it shows! The page has grown immensely since she's taken it over. You'll also find a lot of her touches on the group's new wedding initiative as we explore ways of expanding the tourism to Jefferson County.