Excitement swirls around Christmas at the Village’s first year

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This year will mark the inaugural event of Christmas at the Village, which is scheduled to be held on Small Business Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at World Golf Village.

“We’re trying to make it into something of an annual tradition,” said Lisette Perdomo, owner of Sunshine Play + Learn and the one overseeing the event.

According to Perdomo, the indoor playground space and party venue located at World Golf Village created a “moms business network group,” and the discussions with that group led to the eventual idea and creation for Christmas at the Village.

The hope was that it would provide an outlet for moms to sell the creations they make at home to the public, and it has done just that, with Perdomo stating that all but two of the 75 vendors signed up are mom-driven businesses.

In fact, the 75 vendors exceeded the interest Perdomo expected to get the first year, which already has her excited for the future.

A variety of items will be for sale at the array of vendors, from homemade crafts to homemade desserts.

“We really wanted to make sure that it was not all the same thing,” Perdomo said. “Clothing and jewelry will even be on display.”

One of the great things abut the event, is that it does not only present an opportunity for mothers to make some money with their creations, but they also get experience selling their products in a show setting.

“A lot of these women have never done a vendor show before,” Perdomo said. “It’s really nice to see them super excited about their business.”

There is much planning that goes into putting an event like Christmas at the Village on, and so many small details that must be considered in the lead up. But at the end of the day, Perdomo understands that it is all worth it.

“When I’m going to bed at 2 a.m., I’ll know that I’m doing my part to help those other moms and their amazing works get seen,” Perdomo said.

Santa Claus, Elsa and Olaf will be some of the many characters that will make appearances and interact with the children in attendance.

According to Perdomo, it was important to have something for the whole family, because they truly want it to be an activity families can do during the holiday weekend.

The event will take place along the pathway around the lake at World Golf Village.

Perdomo sees the families that use Sunshine Play + Learn, as a community, and this initiative is just another extension of that, as it is another way for the community to come together and interact as one.

“I would love to make it where every year, we know it’s that time and people know Christmas at the Village is right around the corner,” Perdomo said.

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