Merchant Information…

The Christmas Market, Auburn | Opelika's only shopping event, is the must-attend event this holiday season. Proceeds from The Christmas Market will support BigHouse Foundation - which aims to impact the lives of children in foster care in a positive way through meeting their needs and serving their foster families. There is not a better time to support them than CHRISTMAS!

Please click "merchant application" on home page to continue to application.  Only continue if you have read and accept all of the below terms.   PLEASE NOTE:  This event is limited in space in each category.  You will be notified upon acceptance. 

 

The Christmas Market

November 29th-December 1st, 2018

We are soo excited you have chosen to be apart of our inaugural event!   We are still finalizing a lot of details, but realize securing the most sought after one-of-a-kind merchants is our #1 priority.  Continue to check our Facebook page or our website -aochristmasmarket.com {coming soon} for details.  

 Auburn Opelika’s premiere holiday shopping event, The Christmas Market, will be hosted 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 29th-December 1st, 2018.  We anticipate numerous shoppers to descend on Downtown Opelika’s Bottling Plant & Event Center for three days of fabulous shopping and special events benefiting BigHouse Foundation!  Our event is certain to IMPRESS merchants AND shoppers!   

We thank you for your interest and hope to host you at this inaugural event!   If you have any questions or need further information, we can be reached via e-mail at larkin@aochristmasmarket.com. 

Important Dates

Booths are already selling quickly, and some direct sales companies will be given first right of refusal so please do not delay in submitting your application.

Monday, July 16

ALL Applications and Deposits DUE.  Applications will not be accepted without deposit. Sorry.

Orders for electricity and extra tables are due via upon application submission.  

Tuesday, July 17-Thursday, July 19
Final decisions will be made on booths and their requested locations. However;  we  jury as we receive applications and deposits and notify as approved.  So, most likely you will hear from us before July 19th.

Friday, July 20
By this date, all merchants will be notified of acceptance, remaining balance, booth locations, or waiting list.  

Wednesday, August 15
Booth fees DUE IN FULL

Thursday, November 29

8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.  Merchant Check-In in Merchant Lounge and Set-Up 

5:30pm - Merchant Meeting 'on the steps' 

Thursday, November 29
6:00 p.m.   VIP Premiere Shopping Event & Silent Auction benefitting BigHouse Foundation

More details to follow.

Friday, November 29th
7:30 a.m.     Doors open to Merchants & Light Breakfast 

8:30 a.m    Merchant Meeting 'on the steps'
9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m General Shopping Hours

5:00—9:00 p.m. Girls Night Out  -details pending                                      

Saturday, December 1st, 2018
7:30 a.m.     Doors open to Merchants & Light Breakfast 

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.           Holiday Shopping Hours

09:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.         Cookies with Santa benefiting Local Ministry

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.           Merchant Break Down 

What is included with your booth fee: 

Pipe and drape backdrop with 3' side drape walls,  free wi-fi,  two chairs available upon request,  access to our merchant & hospitality lounge with snacks and some meals provided.  

Electricity and Tables are available to purchase.  Electiricty is not available in ALL booths but request will be first come first serve basis.

 Map with booth locations will be provided soon.

Booth Prices: 

10 x 8 Standard  $575.00 

10 x 8 Premiere  $675.00 

 The Christma Market-  Merchant Consent

You must consent with the following to participate in The Christmas Market.  Please read each item carefully and should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. 

  •  The success of the show is dependent on many factors, but our marketing campaign we have planned is vital.  ALL Merchants will be expected to help distribute advertising materials and pitch in for the show's social media campaigns.  Details and suggestions on how to do this will be provided via email. 
  • Merchants will selected based upon the quality of products, brand originality, and excellent booth design. All merchants must supply links to photos for reference upon request. 
  • To protect all merchants, merchants may only bring items that have been approved.  We desire no overlap to ensure success for all of our merchants. If unapproved items are displayed or sold, we reserve the right to ask you to remove those items.
  • We LOVE LOVE LOVE  Direct Sales Companies, however;  all Direct Sales Companies, franchises or national chains will be accepted on an extremely limited basis.  We would like for each company to have SOME merchandise available for immediate purchase and we request that you commit to customer an expected delivery date. 
  • Delivery of items is between each merchant and customer.  ALL orders placed at the show must be received BY the merchant and customers agreed upon timeframe. 
  • Merchants are expected to be respectful and professional at all times to customers, volunteers and The Christmas Market staff. 
  • Booths must be clean and organized during the show and merchants are responsible for removing all items including individual trash after the show.  ALL items must be removed upon check-out.  Any remaining merchandise and/or supplies will be discarded.  
  •  The Christmas Market and its organizers will not be held responsible for any injuries incurred in your booth.  Each individual merchant is responsible for what happens in their surrounding area.   
  • Alabama State & Opelika/Lee Country local Representatives will convey to us their tax collecting plan prior to the show.  We will pass that information on to merchants as finalize the details. TCM will not be held responsible for collecting taxes for your business. It is your responsibility to collect, report and pay the taxes assumed during this event. State and Local tax information will be provided upon check-in.  
  • Each merchant is REQUIRED to honor two $15 "gift certificates" to be used for volunteer incentive, door prizes and will be used for marketing purposes prior to the show.  Gift Certificates will be designed and printed by The Christmas Market.  Gift certificates will carry no cash value and will not be expected to be redeemed past Dec 1st at 5:00pm. 
  • We encourage additional give aways and would love to help you market your booth beforehand.  Please communicate to us any contest or promotions you are having and we will be sure to partner with you. 
  • Booth fees for approved merchants are locked in and non-refundable past August 15, 2018.
  • Checks are accepted; however checks MUST be received before booth acceptance and assignments are made.
  • A $35.00 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Please click "merchant application" on the home page to continue to application.  Only continue if you have read and accept all of the above terms.  By completing and submitting the application we recognize that as your agreement with The Christmas Market as you consenting to all of the above. 

After September 15th, you will receive a merchant packet with full details on the show, local hot spots, hotel booking information, marketing plans, etc.  In the meantime, should you have questions about sponsorships or getting involved, please contact Larkin Jones at larkin@aochristmasmarket.com. 

Thank you, -

Larkin Jones 

Sawyer Jones

The Christmas Market 

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our mission

 

The Christmas Market, Auburn | Opelika's three day holiday shopping event, is the must-attend event this season. A portion of proceeds from The Christmas Market will support BigHouse - which aims to impact the lives of children in foster care in a positive way through meeting their needs and serving their foster families. As well as Women’s Hope, a non-profit medical center serving the Lee County Community. There is not a better time to support them than CHRISTMAS! 

 
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EVENTS 2018

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The A|O Christmas Market

The A | O Christmas Market will be held November 29th-December 1st, 2018 in the heart of Downtown Opelika, Alabama at the Bottling Plant Event Center. We will host a series of special events to benefit ministries in East Alabama. Stay tuned for details.

Tickets & Times:

Thursday November 29th,

6pm-9pm: $40 (VIP Preview Night) Buy Tickets at the link below:

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/theaochristmasmarket/203605

Friday November 30th,

9am-5pm: $10 General Shopping

5pm-9pm: TBD Girls Night Out

Saturday December 1st,

9am-4pm: $10 or $5 with approved toy donation. General Shopping.

9am-2pm: Cookies with Santa. Details coming soon!

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We have an amazing opportunity for you this November 29th-December 1st!  We, at The Christmas Market, are hosting an inaugural event that will provide the area with an opportunity to shop a wide variety of specialty boutiques and merchants. Proceeds from The Christmas Market will support, BigHouse Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assist foster families provide for foster children in the State of Alabama.

 

 

The Christmas Market of Auburn I Opelika Alabama will present its VERY 1st

Christmas Market November 29th-December 1st, 2018

The Bottling Plant & Event Center Downtown Opelika

 

This PREMIERE shopping event hopes to attract thousands of shoppers from East Alabama.  And it occurs at the perfect time to help shoppers either finally start or wrap up their holiday shopping season.

 

We are looking for three local companies that would like to have their business as the main sponsor for ‘The Christmas Market’. 

 

{Platinum} Limited Availability - $5,000

 

  • 5 Billboard Spots - Approximately September 1st thru Dec 1st
  • Name recognition in all press releases and media related to events
  • 15 Vip Preview Party Tickets 
  • Social Media Marketing 
  • Level 4 Signage at Show
  • Prominent placement of your logo on event tee shirt
  • Opportunity to distribute approved branded merchandise to shoppers and merchants 

 

 

{Gold} - $1500

 

  • 12- Vip Preview Party Tickets
  • Social Media Marketing 
  • Level 3 Signage at Show
  • For an extra $100 -Prominent placement of your logo on event tee shirt
  • Opportunity to distribute approved branded merchandise to shoppers and merchants 

 

 

{Silver} -$750

 

  • 6- Vip Preview Party Tickets
  • Social Media Marketing 
  • Level 2 Signage at Show
  • For an extra $100 -Your logo on event tee shirt
  • Opportunity to distribute approved branded merchandise to shoppers and merchants 

 

 

Small Business & Realtor {Bronze}-$250

 

  • 2- Vip Preview Party Tickets
  • Social Media Marketing 
  • Level 1 - Signage at Show
  • For an extra $100 -Your name on event tee shirt
  • Opportunity to distribute approved branded merchandise to shoppers and merchants 

 

Contributor -Varies

 

  • Donation of raffle items, silent auction items, or general giveaways for merchants, shoppers & volunteers
  • Social Media Mentions, and collaborations

 

On December 1st, we anticipate doing a day-long toy drive to benefit BigHouse Foundation-Santa’s Workshop. We would love for the toys to be loaded into the sponsor’s truck and hauled off to the kids at the end of the day. 

 

The event schedule is as follows:

 

•  Thursday Evening: November 29th, VIP Premiere Shopping Night 6:00-9:00pm

•  Silent Auction Benefiting 'Santa's Workshop'

•  Friday: November 30th 9:00am-9:00pm General Shopping 

•  Girls Night Out from 5:00pm-9:00pm

•  Saturday: December 1st, 9:00am-4:00pm General Shopping 

•  Cookies & Photos with Santa from 9:00am-2:00pm

•  Toy Drive Santa's Workshop'