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Out & About: Christmas Market a Ligonier holiday tradition

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, 1:36 a.m.
Ligonier Country Market organizers (from left) Cari Frei, executive director, Mindie Cunningham, site operations coordinator, and Kristen Johanson, administrative assistant, gather for a photo in their matching T-shirts referencing the market surviving a rainy season during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held Saturday afternoon at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Ligonier Country Market organizers (from left) Cari Frei, executive director, Mindie Cunningham, site operations coordinator, and Kristen Johanson, administrative assistant, gather for a photo in their matching T-shirts referencing the market surviving a rainy season during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held Saturday afternoon at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Heather Kraus of Acme looks at shirt aprons at the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held Saturday afternoon at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Heather Kraus of Acme looks at shirt aprons at the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held Saturday afternoon at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Kim Smith (left) of Johnstown and Gina Smith of Windber shop for beaded designs Saturday afternoon from Zeiders & Co. Gemz during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Kim Smith (left) of Johnstown and Gina Smith of Windber shop for beaded designs Saturday afternoon from Zeiders & Co. Gemz during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Carlene Dowell, owner of The PrAiry, located in Maryland, sorts the yarns she has for sale Saturday afternoonduring the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Carlene Dowell, owner of The PrAiry, located in Maryland, sorts the yarns she has for sale Saturday afternoonduring the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Ellen Meyers (left) of Latrobe and Deb Christopher of Latrobe admire knitted designs by Nelli’s Knitting during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Ellen Meyers (left) of Latrobe and Deb Christopher of Latrobe admire knitted designs by Nelli’s Knitting during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Cristina Dediana (left) of Unity Township receives a sample of goat milk lotion from Jordan Smay, 9, of Indiana, a family member of The Smiling Goat Soap Co., during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held Saturday afternoon at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
Cristina Dediana (left) of Unity Township receives a sample of goat milk lotion from Jordan Smay, 9, of Indiana, a family member of The Smiling Goat Soap Co., during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held Saturday afternoon at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
From left: Ayslinn Humberger, 11, of Bradenville, Rachelle Marinchek, 12, of New Derry and Brynleigh Robinson, 4, of Bradenville join “Tinsel the Elf,” Katie Andrews, 14, of Ligonier in making a gingerbread village Saturday afternoon during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.
From left: Ayslinn Humberger, 11, of Bradenville, Rachelle Marinchek, 12, of New Derry and Brynleigh Robinson, 4, of Bradenville join “Tinsel the Elf,” Katie Andrews, 14, of Ligonier in making a gingerbread village Saturday afternoon during the Ligonier Country Market’s 2018 Christmas Market, held at the YMCA in Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018.

There’s no doubt that shopping at a big box store has its advantages — when you need a lot and you need it fast.

But nothing beats the one-of-a-kind experience of shopping a specialty market for one-of-a-kind items for those one-of-a-kind people on your holiday gift list.

The Ligonier Country Market offered just such an experience Nov. 24 in the Ligonier Valley YMCA with its annual Christmas Market .

The 2018 market featured about 85 regular market vendors who had to “Make It, Bake It, or Grow It” to earn a spot at the Y. Clothing, jewelry, artwork, craft items and small-batch foods and beverages were among offerings.

“The LCM Christmas Market has become a holiday tradition in our community,” said executive director Cari Frei. “There aren’t many opportunities like this to purchase such a great number of quality craft and food items under one roof.”

Kids were invited to help market mascot Daisy Mae in constructing a gingerbread house to be entered in the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual gingerbread house contest, opening Dec. 1 in the Ramada Ligonier.

Christmas Market shoppers also were encouraged to venture into town to peruse the local shops and have a bite to eat at a local restaurant.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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