Besides hitting the traditional Ballard brick and mortar stores for your holiday shopping, there are several events which will (hopefully) take some of the stress out of the holiday hustle and bustle.Christmas Bazaar & Silent Auction on Friday and Saturday December 4th and 5th, 10am-5pm both days. All proceeds from this event will benefit two organizations that are digging fresh water wells in underprivileged countries in Africa. The Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction, as well as a Quilt Raffle will be held at Ballard Church located at 1460 NW 73rd. Bazaar items will include many handmade crafts and specialties, jewelry, home-baked goods, candles and more. Auction items include household furnishings, collections and theatre tickets and more. Admission is free. Donations to Ballard Food Bank are being accepted.This weekend, December 5th & 6th, Eat Chocolates, Anne au Soleil (French imports) & Paisley Imports are joining forces for a Holiday Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 621 & 645 NW 45th St. The shopping event will feature “Unique gifts from India & France plus gourmet chocolates and other chocolatey refreshments. You will find many one-of-a-kind items from jewelry, home decor to fabrics, handbags & skin care products. There is truly something for every budget,” Anne Mills says.Soulumination, a Ballard non-profit foundation, will be holding its 4th Annual Holiday Artists’ Sale on December 5th and 6th. 22 artists and craftpersons will be selling their work, with 25% of their sales go to support the work of Soulumination, which celebrates the lives of children and parents facing life-threatening conditions by providing their families a professional photographic legacy at no cost. The studio is located at 5201 11th Ave. NW. Sale hours are Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 – 7 and Sunday, Dec. 6 from 12-5.Although it’s not Ballard, it’s pretty close. The PNA Winter Festival and Crafts Fair is this weekend, December 5th & 6th at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Adults are $4, PNA members $2. The fair features a diverse array of crafts from 115 artists, hundreds of musicians and dancers on two stages, a quilt raffle, a bake sale, and yummy foods. Childcare will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. both days. Montessori Garden staff members will babysit children ages 3-10 in the Brick Building. Cost is $10 per hour per child. You can leave your child for up to one hour, and it’s first-come, first-served.Ballard’s Building C Studios are holding their 4th Annual Holiday Show & Sale next Saturday, December 12th from noon – 9 PM. More than 20 professional artists will open their working studios to the public, with festive holiday goodies and a jazz duo in the evening. Much of the artwork will be for sale at reduced prices, with many small pieces perfect for holiday gift-giving. Families are welcome. This special holiday event is in conjunction with the Ballard Art Walk, but will be held during the afternoon in addition to the usual 6-9 PM Art Walk. The jazz duo, playing from 6 PM to closing, is “Jazz in the Corner”, comprised of Todd Benefield and Todd Lien. Building C is located on the second floor of 4818 14th Ave. NW, near the corner of 14th NW & NW Leary.
There are also many events around Ballard this weekend, so stay tuned for the weekend events calendar which we’ll publish on Friday. If you know of other holiday shopping events in Ballard, please emails us: email@example.com