Grand Traverse Commons Hosts Christmas in the Village
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Grand Traverse Commons.
Visitors can enjoy hot chocolate by the fire or horse drawn carriage rides in between shopping from local vendors.
Raymond Minervini with the Minervini group, enjoys how this weekend always brings the community together.
“Christmas in the Village is today and tomorrow, and it’s to promote people shopping locally and getting a lot of locally sourced things from local merchants,” Minervini said.
The biggest draw of the Christmas village is the farmer’s market—which has been going on for ten years, inside the Mercato building.
It became Traverse City’s first indoor winter farmer’s market.
“It helps the local economy when things are purchased locally and gives you a chance to look and see and get a feel for what you’re buying, whether it’s food or whether it’s a gift from a retailer,” Minervini said. “That’s, I think, a really important part of our small business community.”
Jason Jones is a local vendor inside, selling “Winnie’s Original Flavor” tomato butter.
The business has been passed down for five generation’s from Jones’ great-grandmother.
Jones’ business has become a local favorite for many in the village.
“Local farmers markets like this, it’s the bread and butter for small companies like us, especially the ones that make crafts, and are growing food,” Jones said.
But aside from shopping, the village did not forget the best surprise for kids.
Families lined up under the pavilion to get pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Christmas in the Village will carry on throughout Sunday.
You can view the full schedule of events here.