The Cape Girardeau area is always buzzing with the Christmas spirit the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year is the 40th annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Extravaganza. There are more than 300 vendors from all over the tri-state area come and set up their goods. You are sure to find many one-of-a-kind gifts to start your holiday shopping. Some of the crafted goods are pottery, glass, jewelry, ornaments, bath & body products, knitwear and ornaments.
The event has gotten so large that one building can no longer contain it! The first building to check out will be the Show Me Center located at 1333 N. Sprigg, Cape Girardeau MO. The Show Me Center has a wide open floor plan and the booths are set up to allow wide aisles for easy maneuverability. The parking is free and entrance is only $5 for Saturday or $3 for Sunday.
The second location is the Osage Centre located at 1625 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau MO. Once you pay admission for either the Show Me Center or the Osage Centre, that armband is good for both locations. Two huge events for one low price. The Osage Centre is also jam packed with vendors looking to give you a great deal on their arts and crafts.
The SEMO Arts Council is in charge of this event at these two locations. You can contact them at 573-334-9233 for more information. The event runs Saturday, November 20 from 10am – 4pm. And again on Sunday, November 21 from 10am – 4pm.
But that’s not all! There are other similar events going on in the area too!
Just up the interstate on exit 105 you will find another arts and crafts gathering at the Bavarian Halle. It is located at 225 Drury Lane, Jackson MO. They didn’t know exact times and admission cost at the time of this writing but you can get exact times and prices by calling 573-243-9200. This event actually starts on Friday, November 19 and runs through Sunday, November 21st. So if you get into town on Friday night you can get a head start on your weekend activities.
Another great location in Cape Girardeau to get your craft fix is the 2nd annual Home and School Craft Show. It is located at Hanover Lutheran Church, 2949 Perryville Road, Cape Girardeau MO. This event will run from 8am – 4pm and will showcase a wide variety of crafts and hobbies. This event is free and they are opening up a full hour before the other large craft shows in the area. There will be hourly door prizes as well as a concession stand provided by Hanover Youth. There will be over 50 vendors at this location. If you need more information on this event you can call 573-837-3484.
If you watch the newspaper you will also find many smaller events that you can stop at. Several people will host Open Houses that weekend so that you can find great deals on crafts and various direct sales products like Pampered Chef, Avon, Creative Memories and such. The local newspaper can be found online at www.semissourian.com.
I do hope you mark your calendar and come on down to Cape Girardeau to see some great sites and kick off your holiday season with a many great deals!