Jingle Bell Market brings holiday joy to the community
It has been many years since the Florence Center last hosted a Christmas shopping extravaganza, but that all changed this holiday season. Venue management announced the Jingle Bell Market, an all-new self-produced shopping spectacular.
Patrons were able to enter a 75,000 sq. ft. magical winter wonderland filled with crafts, home decor, gourmet foods, vintage items, boutique shops, customized gifts and nearly 200 vendors to splendor. The Carolinas’ new premier holiday shopping event of the year arrived November 15-18. The Jingle Bell Market debuted at the Florence Center with four exciting days of shopping and holiday festivities.
Event coordinators said that there was something for everyone; from garden gifts to jewelry to on-site monogramming and everything in between. Shoppers were also able to enjoy food and wine tastings, family photos with Santa, a holiday farmers market and the many festivities that benefited local charities. Organizers said one of the driving factors behind the event was the ability to support local non-profit organizations. “Charity starts at home and we want to help those closest to our hearts,” said Mary Hudson, show manager. “We had six non-profit organizations we’re giving back to in several ways this year and plans to broaden our charity efforts over the next few years.” Organizations such as House of Hope, Durant Children’s Home, Women in Philanthropy, Helping Florence Flourish, Quilts of Valor Foundation, Florence County Disabilities Foundation, and others were on-site and joined the festivities. Attractions such as Decorating with a Purpose, the Festival of Trees, Letters to the North Pole, Gift Wrap & Give Back, and other happenings, along with a portion of ticket sales, will benefit local charities.
“The Jingle Bell Market was bigger than anything similar in the region. We had shops, boutiques, and artisans from all over the Southeast totaling nearly 200 vendors, said Mary Hudson.