Did you know that there are several hundred small businesses in Carlsbad Village? Did you know that many of them are women-owned? Veteran-owned? Carlsbad Village has an amazing array of exceptional small businesses, including retail, dining, entertainment, and professional services, and we invite you will come show them your support on Small Business Saturday, November 24th. Enjoy live music in the Village as you shop and dine, store specials throughout, merchant hospitality, and even some free giveaways too, as you celebrate the #ShopSmall movement and bolster our local economy. Thank you for shopping small today, tomorrow, and always. Photo by Lynn Monk, Aranelle
Get Ready To Enjoy Holiday Creativity On Display
With Santa Ana winds blowing, temperatures in the 70’s, and visitors strolling the Village in shorts and flipflops, it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is one week away and Christmas is just five weeks away! A little snow flurry or blustery breeze would make it seem possible. Well, you can count on the business owners in Carlsbad Village to help get you in the holiday mood. Many businesses will be participating in the Village Holiday Window Decorating Contest and in doing so will be transforming their window displays into works of winter art. Whether it be Santa’s Workshop or a Grinch-inspired theme, display windows will come alive with winter fun following the Thanksgiving holiday. Starting December 1st through December 18th the public can vote, on-line, for their favorite holiday display in the “People’s Choice” award at www.carlsbad-village.com. Winners in the People’s Choice category, as well as two additional categories, voted on by an esteemed panel of judges, will win prizes including free advertising in the Carlsbad Magazine, Coast News and more. Come enjoy the windows on display in the Village and don’t forget to vote!
Crafter’s Showcase Is Just Two Weeks Away!
Come get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Crafter’s Showcase, a Carlsbad Village Makers Market, on Saturday, December 1st. Enjoy live piano music by Robert Parker and holiday songs by local Will Sumner while browsing 50 vendor booths showcasing handcrafted artwork from local and regional artists. Jewelry, pottery, candles, soaps, purses, clothing, birdhouses, artisan foods, and more handcrafted items will be available. A gift wrapping booth will be on-site to make the Crafter’s Showcase a one-stop shopping experience for your holidays. More Info »
Memorable Holiday Meals Inspired By The Farmers’ Market
Dale Ranch can help make your upcoming holiday meals the best ones ever. But don’t delay. Reserve your pork loin roast, prime rib roast, lamb or any other specialty meat from this local, sustainable, family farm soon for the most celebrated holiday dinners yet! And while you are at the market, don’t forget that the freshest eggs, butter, cheese, and bread can be found every week at the market. Sweets for the holidays, including fudge, shortbread cookies, and even cannolis, will be sure to impress your family and guests. You can rely on the local and regional vendors at the State Street Farmers’ Market to help make your holidays special! Farmers’ Market today 3pm to 6pm. Market Info »
Pet Photos With Santa, A Parade, Vendors and More!
The Village belongs to our four-legged family members on Sunday, December 9th at Pets on Parade. Join us at the Village Faire Shopping Center courtyard (300 Carlsbad Village Drive) for the annual Pets on Parade charity event that will benefit Wagging Dog Rescue of Carlsbad. Enjoy photos with Santa for your furry, four-legged family members, a fun vendor area with Merry Jane & Thor collars, Wesco Pet Supply, the Carlsbad Cookie Company, and others, a raffle, a group photo in front of the Christmas tree and a 20-minute parade through the Village with Santa! What a great way to spend a Sunday morning. All proceeds from the photos with Santa and the raffle will benefit Wagging Dog Rescue, a Carlsbad-based, non-profit organization that specializes in helping hard-to-place pets find forever homes. If you would like to make a donation to Pets on Parade for Wagging Dog Rescue, please contact Christine Davis, CVA Program Manager, at 760-644-2121.