Shop local at the Christmas Bazaar

Small Towns

By John Crabtree, former staff member

The annual Walthill Christmas Bazaar will be held on Dec. 1 at the Walthill Fire Hall, located on the main street of Walthill, Neb. The Bazaar offers unique, handmade jewelry, shawls and bead-work made by members of the Omaha Tribe, and a wide array of other gift ideas.

This is the third year for the Christmas Bazaar in Thurston County, and the second year it has been hosted in Walthill. The Bazaar will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, and runs until 6 p.m. Organizers will serve a lunch special, but, so far at least, the details of the lunch are being kept secret.

Walthill Christmas Bazaar
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Walthill Fire Hall

Alongside Native American arts, jewelry and other handmade crafts, there will be vendors selling jams, jellies, salsa’s, pickles and other similar food items. All in all, the Walthill Christmas Bazaar promises to be one of the most unique holiday shopping experiences you’ll be able to find in Northeast Nebraska.

The Center for Rural Affairs has proudly worked alongside Omaha Tribal members on efforts to start and maintain farmers markets and community gardens in Walthill and Macy. And many of the people who have helped get those efforts off the ground will be selling their art and artisanal wares at the Christmas Bazaar.

If you’ve attended one of the Christmas Bazaars in the past, you know what a great shopping experience it is, with a variety of unique gift ideas for those hard-to-buy-for people on your shopping list. If you haven’t had the chance to come to the Christmas Bazaars in past years, now’s a great time to check it out. We hope you’ll make the trip to Walthill, I promise, you won’t regret it.