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Get a jump on holiday shopping at Marketplace
Shoppers check out the bargains at last year's Marketplace. Proceeds from the event will benefit Radiation Oncology at the C ancer Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.


When: Nov. 8-10

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St., Gainesville

How much: $5 ($40 for preview party)

More info: 770-219-1830,

Halloween is done and Thanksgiving is weeks away; for many, that means it’s time to start shopping for Christmas.

And the first chance at finding some dazzlng bargains will be available to those attending the 21st annual Marketplace Nov. 8-10.

The preview party is set for 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Gainesville Civic Center. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes return admission and a $20 tax deduction.

The preview event offers visitors a place to shop, enjoy a buffet and bid in a silent and live auction for prizes that include Atlanta Falcons tickets, a three-night stay at The Chateau in Highlands, N.C., and a personal visit from Santa.

Marketplace officially opens from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov 10. Tickets are $5 for adults, and children 12 and younger are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 770-219-1830.

Marketplace will include more than 70 merchants from eight states offering items hard to find in North Georgia. Items available will include jewelry and accessories, clothing, art, books, antiques, home accessories, gourmet food, garden and holiday items.

Southern Living’s James Farmer will speak about his gardening designs at 1 p.m. Nov. 10.

“He is a best-selling author, editor at large for Southern Living magazine and has appeared on the ‘Today’ show. He’s an in-demand author of the South,” said Emily Embry, Marketplace chairwoman.

The event is sponsored by The Medical Center Auxilary, with all proceeds going toward Radiation Oncology at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s cancer treatment center.

“We’re really excited about this year’s event. We are expecting about 475 people to attend the preview party,” said Lynne Allen, director of volunteer services for The Medical Center Auxiliary.