Civic Center hosts holiday shopping experience

Main Street Market


The Christmas shopping frenzy is soon to begin, and instead of fighting traffic and long lines at the “big box” stores, the Junior League of Beaumont (JLB) invites you to A Very Merry Main Street Market, a three-day, holiday shopping experience featuring unique merchandise from more than 100 carefully selected vendors from Texas and across the country from Thursday, Nov. 30 – Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Beaumont Civic Center. Shop for clothing, gourmet foods, children’s items, jewelry and more during the market. Admission is $10.

“It’s a shopping extravaganza,” said Katie Baker, who is co-chairing this big event along with Blair Balsamo. “Different booths are set up inside the Civic Center from all over the country. A variety of items will be for sale including clothing, children’s items, toys, books, holiday décor and unique items that you would not necessarily find out at the mall.”

Market hours for Thursday, Nov. 30, which is dubbed “Ladies Night Out,” are 4-9 p.m. There will be a gingerbread house competition, silent auction, wine pull and shop for a chance to win a diamond necklace in the JLB Dots for Diamonds Giveaway.

The Market will be open all day Friday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. There will be a Holiday Luncheon and Style Show, also inside the Civic Center, after seating opens at 11:30 a.m. The style show will be presented by Bella Bella and lunch catered by Bando’s. Individual luncheon tickets are $50.

Friday evening, the JLB is partnering with the Beaumont Heritage Society and waiving the admission fee from 5-8 p.m. Holiday Hops will feature a complimentary beer tasting as well as live entertainment from Jamie Talbert.

Those wanting to take a little break from shopping can walk over to the Jefferson Theatre for Classic Movie Night at 7:30 p.m. for the showing of the 2004 3D animated Christmas film The Polar Express. Admission is $5.

The Market concludes on Saturday, Dec. 2. The market is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pictures with Santa will be offered for $20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also scheduled for the final day is the Jingle Bell Drawing — one $20 ticket gives you two chances to win an iconic Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag or a $500 Visa gift card.

Proceeds of the 14th annual fundraiser support the League’s continual work throughout the community. The Junior League of Beaumont (JLB) is an organization of women who volunteer and provide programs to meet the needs of the Southeast Texas community. JLB members have been working together as one group to make an impact on our community since 1937. This year, JLB members will donate more than 15,000 volunteer hours on more than a dozen community projects organized and funded by the League. Members will also volunteer with numerous other organizations and contribute more than $40,000 in grants to community organizations.

“Main Street Market is the League’s main fundraiser, and all profits from the market are used to fund community projects and provide grants to other community organizations,” said Junior League President Kara Hawthorn. “Supporting Main Street Market is especially important this year following Hurricane Harvey. Fundraising is down this year, but the needs have increased. Every dollar raised during the market will go directly into the league’s work in the community including the recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. Supporting the market and Junior League is contributing to the work of our volunteers and the countless community projects and organizations we support. We are passionate about giving back and know that our volunteer efforts are not only changing the lives of others, but improving our community.”

Currently, the JLB volunteers have programs benefiting Boys’ Haven, Girls’ Haven, the Beaumont Children’s Museum, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the Southeast Texas Food Bank, Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as programs for children transitioning out of Child Protective Services, programs encouraging healthy behaviors and healthy eating, and projects assisting with the recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

For tickets and more information, call (409) 832-0873 or view junior