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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Amber spent the morning at The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show.

This is the event’s 72nd year! This unique shopping event with one-of-a-kind finds will once again give you the opportunity to get in the holiday mood with more than 300 exhibitors and a Holiday Entertainment Stage. Plus, Santa will be there!

You can enjoy the holiday festivities at the show from Wednesday, November 10 through Sunday, November 14, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds west pavilion!

The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is produced by Marketplace Events, which produces 57 consumer shows annually in the U.S. and 16 in Canada, including 65 home shows, six holiday shows and two wedding shows. The 73 combined events, in 34 markets, currently attract 22,000 exhibitors, 1.9 million attendees and another three million unique web visitors annually.

This is a festive marketplace where you can shop for holiday gifts, see works from local artisans, experience holiday displays that will inspire your own decorations, and much more! From apparel to décor, you can find everything you need for the holiday season, all under one roof.

Today Amber was joined by Laura Groninger, show manager, Bill Brown owner of the North Pole Express display, and Karolyn Grimes, Zuzu from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Here’s more of what you can expect there:

A Holly Jolly Season with Local Entertainment

Show attendees can enjoy performances from local choirs, singers and dancers on the Holiday Entertainment Stage. Listen to heavenly voices and see festive dance performances while you shop for your holiday gifts. There’s festive fun for everyone!

Zuzu from “It’s a Wonderful Life” Returns with a New Cookbook

Best known for her role as Zuzu Bailey in the classic 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Karolyn Grimes returns to the Gift + Hobby Show with her new cookbook! Newly-updated in honor of the 75th anniversary of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the cookbook celebrates the movie with delicious recipes, all-new movie anecdotes, interviews, trivia, photos and more.

Meet Zuzu, get her autograph, and pick up a cookbook inspired by one of the most beloved American Christmas films of all time!

Be Merrier with Merry Money

Merry Money is back! All show attendees get the chance for some extra green this holiday season. Just register to win Merry Money at the Show Information Booth.

A winner will be drawn every hour throughout the show — all five days of the show — to receive $25 in Merry Money to use at any one vendor of your choice at the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show!

Time for Santa Selfies!

That’s right! You can’t forget to take your picture with Santa. He will be at the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show throughout the show to greet visitors. And he’ll be seated near the show’s live Christmas tree right in the center of West Pavilion. Get in line, and take your best Santa selfie! Ho, ho, ho!

Cherie’s Favorite Finds

Cherie Lowe, the Queen of Free, is known for sharing freebies and strategies for everyday savings along with inspiration for those pursuing a debt-free life. Cherie has appeared on WTHR-TV as a savings expert, and she’s been featured in “The Wall Street Journal” and on Yahoo Finance. Cherie is selecting her favorite finds from this year’s Christmas Gift + Hobby Show. Stay tuned for the must-have gifts she picks from the show!

Give the Gift of Reading

Give the gift of reading or stock up for yourself! The Christmas Gift + Hobby Show is featuring more than 20 local authors offering everything from children’s books to fantasy, historical fiction, horror, humor, inspirational, military history, mystery, paranormal, poetry, romance, science fiction, spiritual, suspense, true crime and more!

Celebrate and support the creativity in your community by purchasing personalized, autographed books from your local authors at Booth #306!


Hero Day – Thursday, November 11

Pay honor and tribute to all our veterans on Sunday, November 10! All veterans and active-duty military get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Just bring a valid ID, and come enjoy the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show!

Check Your Coat and Lend a Hand

Special Olympics Indiana Marion County will have volunteers to check coats and packages while people shop the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show. All donations and proceeds at the coat check station go to helping the nonprofit organization with its training and programs to empower people with intellectual disabilities around the world!

TICKETS:           $13 – Adult                          FREE – Children 12 and under        $9 – Seniors (Wed-Fri Box Office Only)

SHOW                   Wednesday-Thursday                        11/10-11/11                         10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

TIMES:                 Friday-Saturday                                  11/12-11/13                         10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

                                Sunday                                                  11/14                                     10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ONLINE               Check out the Christmas Gift + Hobby Show website at and get

DISCOUNT:        $2 off adult admission — good every day! Not applicable for senior tickets. Make sure to go online and save!

NEW THIS YEAR! Discounted State Fairgrounds parking passes are available pre-show for $8. Buy online and save!