Santa, others will be at Maker’s Market in Portsmouth Saturday

Event at St. John’s Lodge runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


PORTSMOUTH — Santa may have finished his tractor rounds around town, but kids will have another chance to meet with him this Saturday at St. John’s Lodge, 81 Sprague St.

Samantha Younger, owner and creator of Rockin’ Mama Organic Beauty of Portsmouth, also runs the Local Maker’s Market, an artisans’ market at the Lodge. There have been eight local markets this season, and the last event of the year will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

There will be live music by local musician MelX beginning at 11 a.m., at which time the Portsmouth Fire Department will also be escorting Santa to the Lodge.

The market is hosting a holiday diaper drive for anyone in need, and donations of unopened diaper packages are still being accepted. Dozens of small local businesses will be set up with products as well as many small-batch holiday gifts. 

Residents can enjoy the hot cocoa bar and get a free photo with Santa with a donation to the St. John’s Food Bank. The food bank is accepting non-perishable food items, frozen foods, paper products, monetary gifts as well as gift cards.

A station will be set up where children can write letters to Santa and there will be plenty of freshly baked snacks for purchase. In addition, local children's author Ruth Maille has donated many of her recently published children's books for kids to bring home (while supplies last).

Admission is free and the site is handicap-accessible.

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