WORTHINGTON — If recent sub-freezing temperatures and snow flurries haven’t yet tipped you off, maybe the annual Holiday Extravaganza at Worthington’s Historic Dayton House will make it obvious: the winter gift-giving season is drawing near.
“Christmas is right around the corner,” said Tina Johnson, house manager at the historic local property.
From 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 20 area vendors will display their wares, offering numerous choices for gift giving, decorating or personal pampering, depending on each shopper’s wants and needs.
“We’ll have a full house with several returning favorites and a few new faces mixed in,” promised Johnson.
“And there are plenty of options for whatever type of thing people might be looking for; there’s just a huge variety.”
To illustrate the range, Johnson cites food (including Rebby Lee’s Dundee Love Cakes and Hy-Vee), essential oils, footwear (from Brown’s Shoe Fit), indoor and outdoor home and holiday décor, workout gear, makeup, purses/bags and handcrafted items, to name just a sampling of what attendees will find available.
“We have two different greenhouses coming, too — Leanne Langseth’s New Beginnings and Simply Natural of Lakefield — so there will be lots of festive greens, wreaths and holiday pots for sale,” said Johnson.
A multitude of handmade goods (think wooden signs and mittens) can also be found, along with Mary Kay makeup, Pampered Chef kitchen accessories and giftware, and Yeti coolers or mugs.
“It seems like we literally have the whole spectrum covered,” said Johnson. “It’s a one-stop shop, whether you want to decorate, buy gifts for others or engage in some self-care.”
A cash bar will be open throughout the event, making it easy for patrons to relax while shopping.
“And some of the vendors will run specials at different times during the extravaganza,” said Johnson.
The Holiday Extravaganza, as a fundraiser for the non-profit Historic Dayton House, is a ticketed event, with a slight discount included for those who purchase tickets in advance.
“It’s a great fundraiser for the house, but also an excellent opportunity for these vendors and businesses to showcase their items to the public,” said Johnson.
“And while many of the shops represented may typically be only open until about 5 p.m., our event extends till 8 p.m. so it can be a fun time to get together with a few friends or relatives to shop and see what’s out there,” Johnson added.
“The Holiday Extravaganza is a well established event, which is why we can attract so many high quality regional vendors.”
Above all, Johnson says this shopping opportunity not only benefits one of Worthington’s rare historic properties but also serves as an informal kickoff to the holiday shopping season.
“Come out for some fun with friends, and check a few items off your holiday list at the same time,” urged Johnson.
The Holiday Extravaganza at the Historic Dayton House, 1311 Fourth Ave., Worthington, takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets may be purchased in advance for a slight discount until noon Thursday at Adorn 1024, The Daily Apple, Hy-Vee or Worthington Federal Savings Bank. Tickets are also available at the door. A cash bar (offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and food items will be available for purchase during the event.