CHRISTMAS is coming early for Buderim as community groups converge to host one of the town's favourite events of the year.
This year, the annual Christmas Fair co-hosted by the Buderim Lions and the Craft Cottage, is set to showcase more than 80 stalls of handmade presents and tasty goodies ahead of the holiday season.
Buderim Lions President Brian McBride said the day was a fantastic outlet for creative community groups as well as a great opportunity for gift shopping.
"One of the best things about the event is how much it brings the community together,” he said.
"We've been working over the last few years to broaden the interest groups, and we believe it's working really well.
"There'll be something for everyone, from retirees to young families.”
Jan Nelson, Craft Cottage President, said she was most looking forward to getting into the Christmas spirit.
"It just makes for a really nice day,” she said.
"Last year, it's hard to tell of course, but I think we had about 1000 people come through, and everyone was so happy!
"It's a tremendous opportunity for community groups to fundraise and showcase their things in a way that allows people to buy nice things for Christmas very inexpensively.”
Delicately painted porclelain candlestick holders, hand-wrought jewellery and painstakingly stitched teddies are just a few of the crafty items on sale, with a particular emphasis on the handmade aspect.
"Many of the decorations and gifts are uniquely made, and not like the ones you find in retail shops,” Ms Nelson said.
Gourmet foods and lovingly baked goods will also be available for purchase, and live music from Buderim favourite Ragtag, who performed at last year's street party.
Mr McBride said the Buderim Lionesses had a well-earned reputation for their Christmas cakes and gingerbreads, as did Bloomhill cancer care's regular stall.
Festivities will begin from 8.30am and continue until about 3.30pm, or until everything sells out.
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