Christmas comes to Mansfield

Customers shop during the Mansfield Chamber Christmas market held Dec. 2. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)


By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Mansfield Chamber officers at the second annual Christmas Market. From left, are Mikia Schmidt, president; Jennifer Wittig, treasurer; Dawn Ericson, secretary; and Mikki Lamar, vice president. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

The Mansfield Chamber sponsored its annual Christmas market and tree lighting Dec. 2.

The Christmas market was held in the cafeteria of the Mansfield School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then at 6 p.m. everyone was invited to attend the tree lighting that took place next to the Mansfield Museum on Main Street.

The Christmas market featured an eclectic mix of hand-crafted items, homemade candies, designer clothes, scented waxes and candles and home decor.

The Christmas market is a yearly event that kicks off the holiday shopping season.

“The Mansfield Christmas bazaar, now the Mansfield Christmas market, has been a Mansfield tradition for many years. We decided it was a tradition we wanted to bring back and keep for our community,” said Chamber Vice President Mikki Lamar.

Chamber President Mikia Schmidt added, “We invite vendors and artisans of all crafts to come display and vend their handmade gift ideas. We love that we have so many local craftspeople from our community and the greater Mansfield area who enjoy sharing their unique talents with our community.”

The Chamber is also selling community birthday calendars for local residents. The calendars are a special Mansfield tradition. Friends and family who buy the calendars get their birthdays and anniversaries included. It is a delightful way to let everyone know when those important days are and they can celebrate together those milestones in each other’s lives.

“It’s a great way for our community to remember those special days,” Chamber Treasurer Jennifer Wittig said. Calendars are on sale through the Chamber for $10 each.

Later on, with fresh snow falling, a hardy group of folks gathered beside the Mansfield Museum for a round of Christmas carols and fun in the snow, followed by the lighting of the community Christmas tree. Everyone sang “Oh Christmas Tree.”

Mansfield has history as a frontier town and is steeped in family and community traditions that go back generations. The holiday season is a special time for families and friends and the Chamber is proud to honor those long standing traditions to share with the next generation.