This Week’s Event Highlights: Christmas Magic Edition!
Since most of us already have plans for Halloween (even if that plan is to lock the doors and place a bowl on the front porch and hope for the best, like me. Lol.) I figured I would share something I’m REALLY excited about that’s starting this Thursday.
Christmas Magic is an event I’ve been involved in as a member of the Junior League of Wichita Falls for the past four years. There are so many fun things that happen BESIDES the main Market/shopping area, and I think a lot of people don’t realize that every ticket sale for every event throughout Christmas Magic goes BACK into the community through the League’s community projects the rest of the year.
So, here my complete Insider Guide to all of the festivities:
Thursday, November 2: VIP Preview Party (6 – 9 pm)
Your paid ticket includes: First Look Shopping, Hors d’oeuvres and Specialty Drink & Raffle Ticket for Door Prizes throughout the night. Plus, first 200 shoppers through the door get a “Merry Memories” swag bag (provided by d’Esthetique Medical Aesthetics & Wellness Spa).
I love this event because you get to see everything before anyone else, and most of the venders offer special discounts that night. Plus, you get to eat and sip while you shop! Not bad for $25 advance purchase, $30 at the door. Only downside? You definitely have to find a babysitter, because they have a no stroller policy for this event, to help cut down on traffic in the aisles. But what better excuse do you need for a girl’s night?
Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5: Market Shopping (all day)
Friday, Nov. 3 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, Nov. 4 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, Nov. 5 Noon – 5:00 pm
Tickets are $6 purchased in advance, $7 if purchased at market door. Shop over 100 merchants from across the United States. Great way to kick off the Holiday Season! Even though your $7 ticket goes to charity, it’s still worth paying admission just to see all the decorations! I think we decorated something like 30 Christmas trees for the MPEC last year? It’s quite a sight to see. Plus there are musical and dance performances going on throughout the Market each day from various schools and local groups. AND there is always a really fantastic Santa and photographer, which produced these priceless gems last year of my son: ? ? ?
ALSO: INSIDER TIP: All the decorations on display are FOR SALE and super reasonably priced. This year’s theme is “Merry Memories” and is pretty much EXACTLY the theme I have going at home (example below), so I’m super pumped to pick up some extra decorations!
SECOND INSIDER TIP: For the 12 days leading up to Christmas Magic, the Junior League gives away TWO FREE TICKETS on their Facebook page each day. So go there now to try and scoop some up!!
Where To Buy Tickets: Online, or in person at the Junior League center (2302 Midwestern Pkwy), United Market Street, Union Square Credit Union, and D’Esthetique Wellness Spa.
Saturday, November 4: Pancakes & PJs with Santa (10 – 11 am)
I have to admit, I haven’t been to this yet because Teddy hasn’t been old enough, but it looks like a blast! Wear your pjs and enjoy a story (pictured on the right), craft, pancakes and a special visit from Santa. Tickets are $20 per child. (One adult admitted with each
paid child – also includes admission to Market). If you want to bring another adult like a spouse or grandparent, all they have to do is purchase a $7 Market ticket (not another $20 event ticket).
INSIDER TIP: This is a GREAT opportunity to snap a couple of photos of your child with Santa on your phone, if you don’t want to go for the professional photos.
Friday, November 10: Christmas Magic Auction Gala (6 pm – midnight)
THIS is your excuse to get dressed to the nines, bring the hubby or a group of girl friends, and get in the holiday spirit! The night kicks off with a complimentary Cocktail Hour, and features a silent and live auction, dinner by Southern Girl Catering, Casino Games and entertainment by DJ Maniac. It’s all set at The Kemp at the Forum and every year the committee outdoes themselves decorating for the occasion.
INSIDER TIP: This is the perfect opportunity to coerce your husband into taking couple photos of the two of you all dressed up with pretty decorations in the background. Because if yours is like mine, getting him to take an acceptable Christmas card photo is like forcing him into an un-sedated root canal. So yeah, two birds, one stone.
Tickets are $65 per person. To purchase a table or request seating arrangements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Info: Facebook Event