By Katelyn Moore
For the eighth year, a holiday market will take place in downtown Scranton where the community can gather, enjoy food and live entertainment, and support local crafters.
The Lackawanna County Commissioners, the county arts and culture department and the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau have taken the reins for the winter market this year, keeping up the tradition so the market’s usual planner, ScrantonMade, can take the year off. The market will kick off during the First Friday Art Walk on Dec. 7, opening from 5 to 9 p.m. after the Globe store’s holiday lighting. The market also will be open Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year’s event is inspired by medieval European winter markets called Christkindlmarkts, which began as a way for townspeople to stock up on supplies for the winter. Eventually, they became more holiday-themed. Here, more than 60 vendors will sell products ranging from soap and jewelry to food, wine and other treats. Backyard Ale House also will serve food and drinks in a lounge area.
And this year, the market will take place outdoors on Wyoming Avenue rather than inside the former Globe store as it had the past two years, as the county is renovating the building for its offices.
Maureen McGuigan, the county’s deputy director of arts and culture, said that taking the inspiration from medieval markets fit the planners’ vision to create a cozy atmosphere for the community to gather in.
“This is not going to be like a backyard picnic tent,” she said, referring to the heated tent that the majority of the event’s vendors will be in. “It’s going to be like a small building.”
The building next door to the Globe Store, meanwhile, will serve as “Santa’s workshop” and hold a few additional vendors, too. Activities for the entire family will include making Christmas postcards, playing with traditional wooden toys and listening to classic holiday tunes on a record player while lounging in the area’s comfortable seating. Guests also can view a display about the history of the Globe Store and visit a selfie station to take pictures beside the original Globe tree or Santa himself.
Weather permitting, there will be place for guests to make s’mores. Guests also can create their own orange-clove pomanders, originally used during medieval times because of the belief that a pomander’s pleasant aroma could ward off disease.
Free horse-and-carriage rides will be available Friday night, too. Laura Duda from Brookvalley Farm will drive April and Molly — a mother-daughter team of Belgian draft horses who also pull Santa in the Santa Parade — for a 10 minute-long ride. Duda said the carriage rides are very popular and that the horses are “very impressive animals.”
The Arcadia Chorale, Dani-elle Kleha and J.P. Biondo and Friends will provide music Friday. On Saturday, the NativityMiguel School Choir, Jacob Cole and Mark Woodyatt, LittleStarRun, Mariah Hawley and the Justin Padro Jazz Trio will perform. Sunday’s entertainment will come from Jim Cullen and Jack Bordo, the Malloy/Waltich/Smith Christmas Jazz Trio and Patrick McGlynn. Students from the NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program will perform both Saturday and Sunday.
Some additional vendors will be located a short walk away at the Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA, 222 Wyoming Ave. In addition to those vendors, there will also be other kids’ activities, movies and a drop-off baby-sitting service for parents.
McGuigan also hopes guests will make a day out of exploring not only what the market has to offer but also the rest of the community.
“We’re seeing the winter market as a part of a larger downtown experience,” she said.
First Friday events
Scranton Times Pop-up Shop, with designer ornament sale and “Scenes of the Season” exhibit, 149 Penn Ave.
AFA Members’ Exhibition, works by various artists, AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.
“Art,” works by Cheryl Korb, with music by Dave Brown,
Adezzo, 515 Center St.
Artwork, with music by Jeff Lewis, Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave.
Dress for Success “Rent the Runway” Pop-Up Shop, with music by DJ Honeyman Lighnin’, Terra Preta Prime, 301 N. Washington Ave.
“Happy Holidays,” with artists, photographers, yogis and more, Yoga West, 311 Adams Ave.
“Just Beachy,” photography by Ali Pica, with live music, the Velvet Elvis, 523 Bogart Court
“A Lavish Holiday,” works by Michael Lloyd, Lavish Body & Home, 600 Linden St.
“Miscellaneous,” works by Brooke Lamberti, with music by Mike Stec, the Giving Tree Wellness Center, 311 Penn Ave.
“Nature’s Poetic Images: A Retrospective Exhibit,” works by Tobi Balin Grossman, Marquis Art & Frame, 515 Center St.
NEPA Candles Holiday Collection, with live music, Opulence on Spruce, 310 Spruce St.
NEPA Design Collective Holiday Pop-Up Shop, printmaking, letterpress, paintings, photography, T-shirts and crafts by NEPA Design Collective members and Marywood University students, the Workshop, 334 Adams Ave.
“Paintings, Collages and Prints,” works by Maria Grzyboski, with DJ Matt Michaylo, POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave.
“Positively Negative Photography,” works by Tony Traglia, Peculiar Slurp Shop, 307 Penn Ave.
“Radiant Collusion: A Collaborative Student Showcase,” ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave.