Serving Hyde Park’s Catholic Community since 1869


5472 South Kimbark Avenue,
Hyde Park, Chicago IL, 60615-5297
Phone: (773) 324-2626 Fax: (773) 891-0602

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Sunday, November 11th, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

5467 South Woodlawn, in the School Gymnasium

FREE ENTRY AND ALL ARE
WELCOME

* Unique Gifts * Handmade Decorations * Books *
* Stocking Stuffers * Toys * Raffle *
* Kid’s Activities *

All proceeds benefit the historic church and parish buildings

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Hello and welcome!

Thank you for taking an interest in our annual St. Thomas the Apostle Christmas Market.

St. Thomas’s Christmas Market, in one form or another, has been a fun and festive parish tradition for years, and we hope you can come!

Our Market specializes in one-of-a-kind finds, from handmade decor to spruce up your home to vintage treasures perfect for unique hostess gifts. We’ve got books for the readers, accessories for the fashionable, and toys for the playful (no matter how old they are).

We’re an all-ages Market. Our set up is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly for most (if you have a wider stroller or wheelchair feel free to email us for the specifics at stachristmasmarket@gmail.com).  In addition to our shopping areas we have a Cafe with plenty of room to sit, and an Activity Corner for kids (and parents) who are looking for a change of pace. 

We’re pretty excited for 2018, and we hope you’ll come out, spend some time with us and get a jump on your Christmas shopping.

All proceeds will go to the Building Fund for care and preservation of our beautiful parish buildings.

We hope we’ll see you there!

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You want to help, too? Wonderful!

The STA Christmas Market Committee is in charge of organizing all volunteers, and we’d be delighted to talk to you. Because we want to raise as much money as we possibly can for the Building Fund, we really are running on volunteers and donations.

Below are some examples of things you can do (in chronological order, not order of importance – it all helps).

If something catches your eye or you have a question, you can get in touch with us at stachristmasmarket@gmail.com

Helping can include (but is not limited to):

Making things*
Do you embroider? Make ornaments? Fold origami puppets? Throw pots? Knit booties? We love having beautiful, well made items at our Market, and we’d be so excited to see what you’ve got.
Buying things*
If making isn’t really your thing but you’ve got an eye for the lovely and unusual, we are happy to accept donations of new or like-new items. Think especially in terms of stocking stuffers and Secret Santa gifts!
Sponsoring things
While all goods for sale at the Market are donated, we do have some expenses, for items like pens, table skirts, and signs. If you’d like to put something in the pot, every little bit is appreciated and any leftovers will also go to the Building Fund.
Joining us for a workshop
We are hosting several workshops in October to make things for the Market. Come as you are, and we’ll show you how.
Selling/Buying raffle tickets
We will be holding a raffle for some rather nice prizes (to be announced). The drawing will be on November 11th, and you need not be present to win – pass it on!
Posting flyers
We want everybody to come! The Market is free to enter and open to everyone, and we need help to get the word out. If you’ve got access to a public notice board or an online neighborhood community, we’ve got the flyers or the pdfs for you to post.
Setting up
Come November 10th, we will descend upon the school gym and transform it into a festive Marketplace. If you’re good with shifting tables, labeling price tags, arranging displays, and generally making Market magic, it’d be great to have you there to help.
Working the Market
We’re going to have a lot going on, and we’ll need people to work the selling tables, serve food, and generally help us make this a fantastic day. It’s a lot of fun, if you’ve got kids who want to help they can definitely come, and you’re welcome even if you can’t stay for the whole day.
Clean up
Once the show is done, we’ll have to put the magic away for a year. If you’re willing to give us a hand, we will be eternally grateful!
Businesses*
If you would like to make a donation, we’ll be happy to display business cards or small postcards with your information at the Market, as well as post our fervent thank yous in the Parish bulletin and on social media. Credit where credit is due! But we are a market of donations, and will not be accepting vendors.

*Please note, we are a one-day-only market and do not have the space to store goods from year to year. If your donated item doesn’t sell and you would like it back, you must make arrangements to pick it up at the close of the Market on November 11th. Any items which remain may be donated to charity.