Duncan ready to kick off holiday season with a little Chaos

The Island Savings Centre in Duncan is expecting about 15,000 people for the 35th Annual Christmas Chaos Arts Crafts Fair from Nov. 13 – 16.

Thursday, the event starts with seniors and people with strollers only from noon to 1 p.m. The general public will be invited in from 1-8 p.m. On Friday, it will be open to the general public from noon to 8 p.m.; both days feature the Multi-Purpose Hall venue only.

The weekend includes all venues: Multi-Purpose Hall, Heritage Hall and the Cowichan Suite. They will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a free event to attend. There will be food, beverages and tons of goods to inspire holiday cheer.

This family event will feature items from over 120 local artists and crafters, sure to catch your eye. For every item purchased from a vendor, patrons will receive a raffle ticket which can be entered to win one of the daily raffle baskets. The baskets are full of items that each vendor has donated.

"Santa’s Workshop," an area for the kids to make their own, arts and crafts will be open throughout the event. The children’s area is free of charge and is accessible via the main floor hallway.

To add to the atmosphere, staff will be decking the halls in a festive spirit. Complimentary hot beverages will be available in the Heritage Hall on the weekend.

Several local non-profit organizations will be promoting their visions in the hallways, aimed at helping the community. For all of the local entertainers out there, contact the Island Savings Centre to secure a spot on stage throughout the event.

Last year, the event attracted over 15,000 people and organizers expect the same, if not more, for this year’s festivities. Due to the impact this places on the regular and overflow parking lots, shoppers are encouraged to think green; walk, cycle, bus and carpool to Christmas Chaos this year.