We have lots of artists coming to visit Christmas Place in the next few months. Take a look at our calendar here.
R.J. McDonald, a fine art painter from Nashville, Tennessee, will be with us once a month til the end of the year. Well known for his wildlife art, he also loves painting Santa Claus, and has a collection of beautiful, detailed depictions of holiday scenes. One favorite includes Santa reviewing the Nice names list, and there’s room for Mr. McDonald to personalize the print with the names of your children and grandchildren. He’s introducing a new Christmas print this year.
In October, we welcome four artists and an author, starting with our new fan favorite Mario Taré, a delightful designer of Christopher Radko glass ornaments. Trieste from Ne’Qwa Art, an exquisite painter of ornaments on the inside of the glass, will be here to autograph ornaments. Linda Paul, the co-creator of Egyptian Museum Glass, will visit the store for a signing. We welcome R.J. McDonald for a weekend, and finally author Carol Aebersold, author of the most clever children’s book and creator of the “Elf on the Shelf” tradition.
The second weekend in November will be a very busy one for us! R.J. McDonald will be here all weekend. On Saturday, Barbara Lund, the Department 56 designer of Dickens Village houses and collectibles will be in the store for a signing. Also that weekend, we will host our annual Secondary Market Sale in the courtyard ~ collectors of Department 56 will be on hand to sell items from their personal collections. If this is of interest to you, please contact Teresa Hughes at 864-453-0415, extension 148.
If you’re familiar with the renowned Fontanini nativity collectibles, you’re in for a treat – Stefano Fontanini will be here from Italy for a signing of their handsome and detailed nativity pieces. We also have a special signing piece for sale that day, a Gloria Angel ornament.
We have a very special treat on Monday, November 15th – the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, Gerald Charles Dickens, will be in the store in the morning to sign autographs, books and Dickens collectibles. Later that day, he will be giving two performances of his one-man enactment of A Christmas Carol at The Inn at Christmas Place. Each performance will be followed by a tea and dessert reception catered by The Partridge & Pear Restaurant. Tickets for the two performances are $24.99 each, and may be purchased by calling either the store at 1-800-445-3396, ask for Guest Services, or the hotel at 1-888-465-9644. I’ll give more detailed information on the event in a follow-up post.
R. J. McDonald will visit us one more time the weekend before Christmas, so you’ll have another chance to pick up an autographed print as a special gift for someone ~ maybe yourself?!
We’re also hoping to add some choir performances and other special treats as the holidays approach. Of course, there will be Christmas dinner at the restaurant, and daily activities just for Inn guests throughout December.
Can’t you feel the holidays approaching? We’re excited, and looking forward to seeing a lot of you in the store soon!
~Janet @ Christmas Place