By James Rose

Special to the Pioneer

On Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th the first annual Winter Wonderland Market will be taking place at the Invermere Community Hall.

The two day event is being organized independently and will feature 40 different artisanal vendors from around the East Kootenay. Guests can look forward to vendors providing items such as unique baby clothing, homemade lotions and soaps, food items such as honey caramel corn and cookies and many other items, said organizer Shannon Root. A professional photographer will also be present to take photos of families beside the large trees and decorations set up.

In planning the event, Ms. Roots aim is to create a feeling within each patron that Winter Wonderland Market is the best market theyve been too and to create a real excitement for the vent for years to come.

A large focus for the Winter Wonderland Market is the festive dcor. When I was designing how the space would look, I wanted to create a feel for the holiday season, said. Ms. Root. There will be amazing decorations including 15 foot (4.5 metre) trees, a blue, white, and silver colour scheme, and decorative snowflakes all in hopes to create an intimate experience,

There will also be a charitable component to the festive shopping experience. We are hosting a silent auction with some amazing items donated by local businesses (including a mountain bike from Elemental Cycle), and we will be contributing funds raised to the Windermere Valley Shelter Society, commented Ms. Root. Our goal is to raise at least $2,000 and we are incredibly grateful for the generous support from the community and all the participating vendors.

There is no admission charge and its hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 18th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 19th. For more information, visit the Winter Wonderland or Invermere Events Facebook pages.