For the second year running, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making an early-winter stop in Troy at the annual Holiday Market, held Nov. 2 at the Tractor Supply Parking lot, 170 Market Place Dr.
“All the kids will get a little gift from Santa,” Wanda Gleason of the Farmer’s Market said. “And it’s going to be a little holiday bag with an apple, an orange and a candy cane – kind of old-fashioned, I remember when I was a kid, that’s what we got.”
The kids will also get a coloring page and a box of crayons, and obviously will get a chance to sit with Santa and get a minute of St. Nick’s time.
There will be a tent set up with decorations and boxes wrapped up like gifts inside, perfect for parents to get a picture of their kids with Santa and Mrs. Clause.
“My granddaughter stayed with me last year and helped me bring all this home,” Gleason said. “And she said ‘grandma, can I unwrap those [presents]?’”
The Holiday Market will also be a good place to browse for gifts – there will be craft vendors there, along with the usual array of jars of honey, jams, apple butter, animals – basically anything that can be made or grown.
“There’s going to be a lot of people that do hand-made items,” Gleason said.
A catering service will sell breakfast and lunch, and a local Amish group will sell candy and baked goods. The Silex Farmer’s Market is also going to come down for the event as well.
The Holiday Market opens at 8 a.m., and Santa will arrive on a Lincoln County fire truck at 10 a.m., and stay until noon.
The Troy Farmer’s Market is ending its third year Nov. 2, but Gleason said the group of sellers has grown tremendously over that timespan.
“I started with two vendors,” Gleason said. “And we’ve had as many as 23 one day, so that’s not bad.”
Nov. 2 will be the last Farmer’s Market for the year, Gleason said, with the enterprise picking back up again the first Saturday in March 2020.