Christmas Market Draws Downtown Shoppers

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COLUMBIA - The First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia held its Christmas Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other churches downtown are also in the holiday spirit and are holding markets of the same kind this weekend.  This is First Presbyterian's third Christmas Bazaar.

Vendors of all sorts came to the market and offered a range of items for customers to buy, from jewelry to bath salts to photographs.  There was something for all ages, as the market had many items for children too including stuffed toys, baby clothes and kid movies on DVD.

Marty Whitehead is the chairwoman of the bazaar and was pleased with the turnout this year.

"This is the first year they've had wonderful turnout with children, whole families have come in," Whitehead said.

Joyce Wesseldine with Exclusively Yours Jewelry said people were buying her earrings, necklaces and bracelets all morning.

The Global Market was also at the church with vendors supporting Fair Trade, an organization advocating partnerships in the international trading system.

Proceeds from First Presbyterian's Christmas Market will benefit Love INC., The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and the church's scholarship fund.