2018-07-06 / Front Page

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Experience Christmas shopping like never before
Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Mid-day weather in July may be sizzling, but Nelson Fitness Center still offered a wintry touch during the 2017. Christmas in July, a vendor event, drew hundreds of visitors and representatives with a variety of businesses offering Yuletide-themed gift and craft possibilities. 
Courtesy photo Mid-day weather in July may be sizzling, but Nelson Fitness Center still offered a wintry touch during the 2017. Christmas in July, a vendor event, drew hundreds of visitors and representatives with a variety of businesses offering Yuletide-themed gift and craft possibilities. Courtesy photo With Christmas about six months away, many people think it’s too early to begin thinking about the holiday, much less start shopping. Not Danielle Hayes.

Fort Gordon’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host its second Christmas in July from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 14 at Nelson Fitness Center.

Hayes, DFMWR special event coordinator, invites the community to get a jumpstart on shopping in a fun, tropical holiday environment instead of waiting until fall or winter when most holiday shopping occurs.

“The holidays are a busy time for everyone, so we thought why not give patrons the opportunity to get in the spirit and start shopping early, as well as to offer a relaxed and fun atmosphere?” Hayes said.

There will be more than 30 direct sales consultants and unique craft vendors selling items such as home décor, boutique apparel, cosmetics, beauty and skincare, health and wellness, jewelry, hair accessories, wooden crafts and more. Many of the vendors are military spouses, retirees, and veterans.

Kona Ice will be selling refreshments including shaved ice and ice cream, and Roast A Nut will be selling cinnamon roasted nuts.

The first 100 shoppers will receive a swag bag filled with goodies, and there will be an opportunities to win door prizes.

Kids and cameras are more than welcome to attend.

“Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a trip up from their summer home in the islands to attend the event, so we encourage the whole family to attend and come say ‘hello!’” Hayes said. “Plus, it’s the perfect time for kids to have a 6-month ‘checkup’ with Santa to make sure their behavior is on the right track for Christmas, kind of like a progress report from school before report cards.”

Representatives from Fort Gordon’s Christmas House will also be on site sharing information about the program’s mission and ways people can get involved in making a difference.

The event is open to the public. Nonmilitary ID cardholders will need to enter McKenna Gate to get an access pass from the Visitor’s Center. Visitors will be able to follow signs posted leading to the event at Nelson Fitness Center.

Pets are prohibited, but service animals are welcome.

For more information, call (706) 791-8878.

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