Time to Get Your Holiday Shopping Done!
No reason to panic, but time is running out. Christmas is coming and have you started your Christmas shopping? Feel like you need a change of venue for some inspiration? Bored with your local choices and feeling uninspired? I may be able to help you out with that. I have picked 5 Christmas shopping destinations with many creative options for you to choose from.
The first shopping extravaganza finds us in Branson, Missouri at the Silver Dollar City Theme Park where they boast about having 4 million lights! They have a 5 story musical Christmas tree and a holiday parade every night. But, better than all of that, Branson has a variety of shopping choices such as Branson Landing, Branson Mill Craft Village, Dickens Gift Shoppe, Ozark Mountain Quilts, Dick’s 5 & 10 and Kringles where you can purchase hand crafted furniture, pottery, jewelry, paintings, ornaments and decor and toys. Of course, there are also two outlet malls nearby for designer digs. This is an area that has it all.
Our next stop is in Helen, Georgia, a picturesque Bavarian town on the banks of the Chattahoochee River at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This sweet little town used to be a logging town that grew up to be a Bavarian village. At Christmas time, there is a traditional Bavarian Christkindlmarkt. If you are looking for German experience in the South, head to Helen.
Maybe you have never been to a German Christmas market and so you don’t see the benefit in checking this out. A German Christkindlmarkt is generally an open air, street market in the center of town. Larger cities in Europe may have multiple markets, all with their own spin on local crafts, food and drink. The smell of sausages, funnel cake, and gluhwein fill the air. Oh the gluhwein!
Sorry, I got caught up in memories. Christmas markets are community gathering sights, with friends meeting, sharing food and drink, and doing some Christmas shopping. Even if you miss the market, who can pass up the ambiance of shopping in a Bavarian village in this already beautiful part of the country. Looking for Royal Delft? Try the Windmill Dutch Imports. Or pick up a wooden train at Tim’s Wooden Toys. Or discover that unique gift at the Glassblowing Shop. There are many other shopping options ready for exploration. Come to Helen and see for yourself.