City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
1072 Banks Mill Rd. • Aiken, SC 29803 • 803-643-4779

The Annual Christmas Craft Show

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The Annual Christmas Craft Show in Aiken, South Carolina, invites individuals to experience the enchantment of the holiday season. Organized by the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department, this cherished event takes place each year on the first Friday and Saturday in December captivating attendees with its indoor/outdoor display of artistic talent.

Artisans and crafters from across the Southeast eagerly converge upon the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center to showcase their unique creations. With a meticulous jury selection process in place, the show attracts both skilled craftsmen and enthusiastic shoppers, fostering a vibrant and festive ambiance.

Year after year in December, the Christmas Craft Show in Aiken has become a prominent gathering for individuals passionate about their craft. Whether seasoned participants or newcomers to the world of crafting, artisans relish the opportunity to connect with a diverse and sizeable audience, gaining exposure for their handmade treasures. This esteemed show has established itself as a premier platform for showcasing the ingenuity and artistry of crafters.

To participate in the Christmas Craft Show, crafters are required to submit an application. Applications for each year’s show are released in June and include detailed instructions and guidelines As part of the application, you are asked to include high-quality photographs of your crafts; these photos are vital as they assist the jury in assessing the quality and uniqueness of your work. Crafters should pay special attention to presentation, ensuring that their photos accurately represent the beauty and craftsmanship of their creations.

Apart from the craft show, the event extends an invitation to young entrepreneurs to showcase their talents. Young participants have the opportunity to apply separately, with their applications judged independently from those of adult vendors. This special initiative provides a platform for budding crafters to gain recognition and invaluable experience in the world of entrepreneurship.

Food vendors are also warmly welcomed to the Christmas Craft Show. They can relish the guaranteed footfall of hungry shoppers, drawn by the diverse range of crafts on display. The H. Odell Weeks Activities Center’s strategic location off Whiskey Road ensures heightened visibility for food vendors. Moreover, the center is home to one of Aiken’s most beloved playgrounds, adding an extra layer of enjoyment for families attending the event.

The Annual Christmas Craft Show in Aiken, South Carolina, promises an unforgettable experience for all attendees. With its long-standing tradition, impressive array of talented crafters, and the joyful ambiance of the holiday season, the show encapsulates the true spirit of this special time of year. Whether as a participant showcasing their crafts, a young entrepreneur seeking to make a mark, or a food vendor satisfying the cravings of eager shoppers, this event offers a unique opportunity to connect with a vibrant and supportive community. Visitors are encouraged to partake in the Christmas Craft Show —an exceptional celebration of creativity, craftsmanship, and holiday magic in the City of Aiken.