Stroll through the festive trees and Santa art at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 West Main Street, and shop from local artisans on three floors of the museum this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8 at the Happy Holidays Gift Market. In addition to the 15 local artisans' work that can be found in the Happy Holidays Gift Store on the mezzanine level of the museum, you will find almost 30 additional artisans and their creations and collections for this market weekend. Come out and meet the artists in person and ask about their work. Many great gifts can be found for a variety of people on your list. There will be art for your walls, jewelry, woodwork, metal sculptures, handmade soaps and much more.
American illustrator Tom Newsom is expected to be at the museum this weekend to sign autographs. Some of his Santa art (prints for your wall or on puzzles and cards) will also be available for sale. When holiday music is not playing over the intercom, live entertainment will also be part of the Festival of Trees this weekend. All of this is at the Arlington Museum of Art from 10am-5pm Saturday, Dec. 7 and 1-5pm Sunday, Dec. 8. The Arlington Museum of Art and hence the Happy Holidays Gift Market will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 7 due to hazardous travel conditions. Dec. 7 UPDATE: While it is unknown at this point whether the museum will open at 1 pm on Sunday, Dec. 8, due to the logistics of setting up the market and the forecast of when weather conditions are likely to improve, the second day, Dec. 8, of the Happy Holidays Gift Market has been cancelled as well.
While you are in Downtown Arlington on Saturday you can also watch holiday entertainment at the Levitt Pavilion in the afternoon and the Holiday Lights Parade which starts at 6pm.