THE festive season is officially underway and the Christmas spirit will kick into overdrive at the Locally Yours Christmas Market from December 17 to 19.It is bringing 36 gifted artisans, 20 foodies, four fine artists and three performing musicians to patrons. And the best news is that entrance to the market is free.Positioned to showcase local entrepreneurship, the Locally Yours Market is dedicated to creating a platform of innovative expression for entrepreneurs of handmade products who hail exclusively from the Eastern Cape. “Our Christmas market that will be held over three days will be no different. In fact, we have most certainly been hard at work to plan the most extraordinary experience for our local supporters and visitors to the Friendly City,” said Annelize Botha, founder of the market.“All the handmade items have been carefully selected to ensure that we give our visitors three days filled with unforgettable memories and a fantastic shopping experience. Even Santa needs helpers and who better than home-grown goodness to spread the love this Christmas.”The market will offer a unique wrapping station that will be in aid of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, who will be supported by Pickfords and their team of volunteers. But wait there’s more! Why not try something different by sending your gift with Fastway Couriers, who will be on standby to deliver special gifts in time for Christmas, right from the venue. While browsing through the stalls, patrons will be entertained at lunch by an up-and-coming young vocalist Kelly le Roux’s rendition of Christmas carols and various sing-along songs. Later in the afternoon Edward Allen will take over and continue the entertainment until closing time.“This is not only a market but rather a gathering and showcase of individuals whose sole intention is to share with you their passion expressed through their creations,” Botha said. Reaching out to support causes is part of the team’s ethos. The Christmas edition of the market will thus offer fresh produce that will be available as an initiative by Masakhane (Port Elizabeth Mental Health), as well as handmade Christmas trees and snowmen in aid of fundraising for Uitenhage Mental Health. A gallery for local artists in the upstairs area is where patrons will find the work of Chantal Fielding, Sharon Boyd, Loyiso Mqingwana and The Association of Mouth and Foot Painters. The Locally Yours Christmas Market will take place at The Tramways Building on December 17 from 13:00 to 20:00, December 18 from 09:00 to 20:00 and December 19 from 09:00 to 17:00.For more info visit the Locally Yours Market Facebook page.