By Riley Gentry, Staff Writer–
The Miller Park Holiday Market welcomed a visit from the 60-foot tall Blue Spruce U.S. Capitol Christmas tree on Thursday Nov. 21, that was making its long journey from New Mexico to Washington D.C.
The giant tree is making an impressive cross-country venture of 2,000 miles before landing at its final resting spot on the White House West Lawn, in preparation for the official tree lighting in early December.
With a full police escort and a zealous crowd, the tree’s arrival was definitely the show-stopping highlight of the entire event. The market was free and open to the public as attendees and passersby could enjoy the festivities and see the massive tree.
Kylie Hudson from Jasper, Tennessee said she went to the market because she has friends who were selling items and she thought it would be a fun event for her daughter to enjoy.
Hudson said she was “impressed” upon the arrival of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree because of “its grand entrance.”
She continued by saying, “I think we will be even more impressed once they get it off the truck.”
She added that her favorite part of the event was the great weather and seeing everyone all together in the park.
At the event, local businesses sold their products to interested customers. Vendors selling items such as local honey, homemade ornaments, stained glass, Christmas decorations, etc. were all present.
One vendor representative, Brandon Smith, owner of Bare Body and Skin Care, which sells different homemade soaps, lotions, and shampoos, said the event is “a fun way to get ready for the holiday season.”
Another business representative, Amber Debolt, owner of Debolt Designs, sold holiday signs, ornaments, baby clothes and more. She said her friend convinced her to come and sell her products because “it’s such a great environment to be in around the holidays.”
Live music from Dan Pinson could be heard all through the park, giving the event a cozy, festive feeling.
Several food trucks also attended the event, such as High Grounds Coffee, Dolly’s Smokehouse and Food NV.
An appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus excited all the children at the market. Both Santa and Mrs. Claus passed out treats to children who talked to them.
Children gleamed with joy when they saw the couple and rushed to them eager to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.
Overall, the Holiday Market had many things to offer to attendees of all ages and was a fun, family friendly event.