More than 1,000 shoppers pack Mistletoe Market Friday

Retailers decked the halls of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter for the 8th annual Mistletoe Market.

The Christmas shopping smorgasbord benefits more than two dozen Central Georgia charities.

About 100 vendors set up shop under the roof of the Miller-Murphy-Howard building.

Organizer, Lisa Hayes, says more than 1,000 people poured through the doors in the first two hours it was open Friday.

Customers can find d├ęcor, clothing and gifts for most everyone on their shopping list.

Hayes said, "Instead of us all getting on a bus and riding around the southeast to go Christmas shopping together, we decided to invite all of our favorite stores to us."

Hayes says last year, they donated $45,000 to 26 different local charities. That money came from vendor registration fees and ticket costs.

This year, it costs $5 to get in the door.

Mistletoe Market will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.


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