by Randy Pierce and Kathy Turner
MARYVILLE — Kicking off the holiday season in a truly “merry” manner, the Maryville Village Winter Market will be held this Friday evening, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Nov. 24 at Firemen’s Park, 300 North Donk Avenue.
The Maryville Fireman’s Park will be the site of this year’s Maryville Winter Market. After all the Black Friday shopping is done, families are invited to come out and experience the event to kick off the holiday season. Included will be 50 vendors for gift shopping. There will also be food trucks onsite as well as sweets, cocktails and craft beers.
Entertainment will include Christmas music and fire pits to snuggle up to as you enjoy the food and drink offerings. A photo booth will allow visitors to capture family and friend memories.
Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck at the Museum at 5:30 p.m. He will remain there for visits until 7:30 p.m.
The market will consist of a wide variety of vendors in the offering boutique specialties, farm products and handcrafted items from local businesses plus food trucks and beverages such as craft brews and festive cocktails from the Old Herald Brewery and Distillery of Collinsville.
Music, fire pits for warmth and photo opportunities will be found at this event along with tasty treats from Spud Shack of Swansea, Legacy Coffee, Azucar Old City Bakery of Collinsville, Fireline Pizza of Vandalia and T-Mo’s Eats, Tacos and Fair Food of Bethalto plus mini-donuts from the Maryville Fire Department and s’mores.
Parking for the village winter market will be available behind the village hall at 2520 North Center Street (Illinois Route 159) and behind the fire house, 2500 Center Street, both areas accessible from East Division Street, east of Route 159.
Visitors to the event are asked to be mindful of narrow side streets, keeping driveways unblocked, the presence of many pedestrians including children, temporary or permanent “no parking” signs and barricades which will be used to block roads around Fireman’s Park and should be obeyed.