Paul Hutchenson, owner of Windmill Heights Garden Center in Culpeper, will have a variety of holiday wreaths and poinsettias and other Christmas-themed items for sale this Sunday at the Culpeper Star-Exponent’s Hometown Christmas Holiday Marketplace.

“It’s a great time of year with people excited about Christmas and the holidays,” Hutchenson said. “We’re looking forward to seeing old customers and introducing ourselves to new ones.”

The event—from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center—is free and open to the public.

Culpeper Star-Exponent general manager Lynn Gore, along with advertising reps Hannah Anderson and Gennifer Margerum, organized the first such marketplace a year ago. Gore said they have been planning the event since July.

“We’re doing it bigger and better this year,” Gore said. “We have 41 vendors, including local crafters and artisans—it’s a great opportunity to shop for gifts for everyone on your list, as well as yourself.”

Santa Claus will be walking through the crowd and available for selfies, the Theatrical Arts Children’s Choir will perform at 1:30 p.m., and three food trucks will be on hand selling refreshments—Buffalo Wild Wings, Talk of the Mountain Seafood, and Pop-Pop Kettle Corn.

“Right now the weather forecast is chilly but dry, so we’re expecting a great turnout,” Gore said.

In addition to Windmill Heights, among the 41 vendors will be Cobbler Mountain Cellars providing samples of their cider, Dad’s Sawdust Factory making custom birdhouses, and Berezan Family Farm selling a variety of jams and jellies. Free gift wrapping will be offered by Deb Manzari’s Culpeper Century 21 office.

“More than 1,700 people are interested in the event on Facebook,” Gore said. “It will be a fun time with tons of great gift ideas. We’re excited for this opportunity to bring the community together at this special time of year.”

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