Ponte Vedra Beach was alive with holiday spirit Dec. 10, when Sawgrass Village hosted the “Oh What Fun!” celebration.
Held in partnership with the Ponte Vedra Woman’s Club, the daylong event featured a myriad of holiday activities to make shoppers and patrons feel merry and bright. From horse-drawn carriage rides and hot chocolate and cookies, to live entertainment and the sounds of Christmas carols filling the air, Sawgrass Village welcomed patrons to visit local restaurants and merchants for special holiday promotions and activities. The Scout & Molly’s boutique, for example, offered visitors the chance to decorate their own shopping bag while enjoying the shop’s “jingle juice” and pink chocolate-covered strawberries. Village Jeweler, meanwhile, shared Belgian chocolates and cookies with shoppers, while Cutter & Cutter Fine Art founding partner Matthew Cutter conducted a painting demonstration outside the new gallery.
A popular highlight of the event was the “Stocking Stuffer” promotion whereby guests could visit participating retailers and restaurants to view specially selected “stocking stuffer” items on display. Guests then marked their favorite items from eight shops on a specially printed “stocking” card for a chance to win all the items listed.
There was also plenty of comfort and joy for the kiddies at the “Oh What Fun!” event: In addition to face painting and holiday sweets from Peterbrooke Chocolatier and other shops, kids had an opportunity to share their Christmas wishes with Santa Claus. And for those tots too shy to tell Saint Nick in person, kids could post their letter in Santa’s Mailbox, located near Nona Blue.
The spirit of giving
The “Oh What Fun!” event also had a charity component: Through the “Spirit of Giving” raffle, visitors could purchase raffle tickets to win dozens of prizes from Sawgrass Village retailers and restaurants. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit charities supported by the Ponte Vedra Woman’s Club, including the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, St. Gerard’s home and school for pregnant teens and St. Augustine Youth Services.