Downtown Christmas Market opens Dec. 7, 14, 21
First Arcadia holiday street market, entertainment 5-9 p.m. on First Avenue
ARCADIA, Ca. - Downtown Arcadia will come alive with a traditional holiday atmosphere of music, unique gifts, food and activities every Saturday night until Christmas with the first-ever European-style Christmas Market.
Arcadia’s Best Foundation's Downtown Christmas Market, sponsored primarily by Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority as well as Forest Lawn, with support from the City of Arcadia and Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant, will be open from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 & 21. First Avenue will be closed from Huntington Drive to Wheeler Avenue and filled with more than 40 different vendor booths each night, live music, and inflatable jumpers for kids produced by Family Festival Productions (Monrovia's Family Festivals on Myrtle Avenue). The festive Christmas environment, including lighted trees, blowing snow and images of snowflakes projected on buildings, will be created by Town & Country Event Rentals & Services.
Attendees will find special items of interest for the holidays from local merchants such as bicycles and related gear from Helen's Cycles, elegant collectibles by Christine's Gifts & Collectibles and Pok-A-Dots, the latter also offering all manner of Santa costumes. Special gifts from jewelers, spas and salons on First Avenue and Huntington Drive will also be available, as will gift book collections from The Book Rack, and plenty of delicious food and drinks. Health facilities on the street, 24 Hour Fitness and The Fitness Factor, will be open on the same block where other shops such as Robusto Cigars and Stacked Sandwich also provide popular daily customer services a few doors away from the Sonata Room Latin and ballroom dance studio.
The Christmas Market, patterned after the centuries-old annual Christmas Markets in Europe that have recently become enormously popular in New York, Chicago, and Vancouver, will showcase the plethora of services available within walking distance in Downtown Arcadia, all of which continue to be open for business during construction of the much-anticipated Gold Line light rail line to be ready for riders in 2016. Work is well underway on the bridge over Santa Anita Avenue and additional work begins this month on widening the tracks behind the shops on the north side of Huntington Drive and the bridge over Huntington Drive at Second Avenue.
Plenty of free parking is available in several public lots off of Wheeler Avenue east and west of First Ave. Attendees should enter Wheeler from Santa Anita Ave. or Second Ave.
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Family Festival Productions, Inc., (FFPI) is a Monrovia, CA based company that presents street fairs & festivals, certified farmers' markets, catered events, and special event of all types. FFPI provides a completely self-contained show infrastructure with all necessary equipment including: power generators, movie studio quality restrooms, road closure barricades, required street/event signage and much more.
Street fairs can consist of elements like: a Certified Farmers' Market (CFM), food court area, children's play zone, commercial vendors' booths, and live entertainment.
Cities where weekly street fair programs are currently been held at:
20 years in the Old Town at City of Monrovia
7 years in the City of La Verne
Previous locations include the cities of: San Gabriel, Montrose, Northridge, San Fernando, Glendora and Huntington Beach and Uptown Whittier.
Special events have comprised activities such as car shows, arts & crafts shows, food festivals, fund-raising events, catering and corporate & private party events.
FFPI ensures that all food vendors have complied with County Health Department regulations and that all vendors have appropriate business licenses. Additionally, FFPI will carry all the necessary event insurance coverage.
Weekly, seasonal or one-day type of events can be tailored for each sponsoring organizations needs. FFPI has a complete staff of experienced professionals to assist in the planning and implementation of all types of various events and activities.
Please contact FFPI to discuss your event's plans and how we can assist you in making it a success.