• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Christmas Open House this weekend

The 31st annual Versailles Christmas Open House will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

“Usually, this is our biggest weekend of the year, and so we expect several hundred people,” said Maria Bohanan of the Versailles Merchants Association (VMA), which sponsors the event. Bohanan said many of the group’s 31 members will take part in a wide variety of events.

Among the highlights:

• A visit with Santa Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brad Lacefield State Farm Insurance at 211 N. Main Street; • Christmas cookie decorating and a free photo booth all day Saturday at Jan Frasier Shelter Insurance at 149 N. Main Street; • Farmers’ Market and Wildside Winery all day Saturday at the site of the former Hair Gallery at 205 Lexington Street; • Cookies for kids and hearing screenings all day Saturday at Vitali & Associates at 290 Lexington Street; • “Stuff your stocking with Santa” Saturday at noon at Addie’s at 140 Park Street; • Free carriage rides Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pretty in Pink at 173 N. Main Street.

Bohanan called the event “the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season,” adding that there’s another reason people should check it out: to register for the VMA gift basket, which includes coupons and certificates worth $500.

Bohanan said some of the VMA members are churches, and three of them will hold events all day Saturday. St. John’s Episcopal Church at 210 N. Main Street will hold a bazaar, Versailles Presbyterian Church at 130 N. Main Street will offer a vendors’ mart; and First Christian Church at 160 Lexington Street will hold a rummage sale.

Bohanan said after three decades, shoppers and other interested persons know that the Versailles Christmas Open House is always held on the second weekend of November.

“And so … they’re fine with it. They’re ready to do their shopping,” Bohanan said.

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