The prospective merchant application for 2024 will be posted on the merchant page in early February. Merchant acceptances are based on the quality of merchandise and variety relative to our current merchants. Christmas Village prides itself as being a leader in consumer shows in the southeast. We strive to have a wide variety of merchandise so that our shoppers can truly find gifts for everyone on their holiday shopping list!”
Christmas Village is one of the oldest charitable events in Nashville, supported and run entirely by volunteers from the Nashville Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club. Approximately 250 merchants and 30,000 shoppers from all over the United States participate in this prestigious consumer show. A variety of unique seasonal and gift items are offered, including- toys for all ages, clothing for children and adults, jewelry, home decor, food items, pottery, collectibles, and unusual pieces for the “person who has everything.”
Christmas Village was created in 1961 as a means to increase the financial contributions to the Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center. Bill Wilkerson’s two sisters, Nancy Fawn Wilkerson Diehl and Jane Wilkerson Yount were both members of the Vanderbilt Pi Beta Phi chapter and recruited their sorority sisters to assist in many ways in the early years after the Center opened in 1951. The alumnae club soon followed by raising money for the Center. Berenice Miller Denton and Barbara White Fridrich, the first co-chairs, planned a Christmas fairyland with displays from local merchants. The event started as a one-day event that netted $1020 and has grown to a 4-day shopping extravaganza that is recognized as one of the premier shopping events in the southeast.
Christmas Village has generated over $14 million benefiting thousands of people since its inaugural event in 1961. The proceeds support:
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Christmas Village would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support!
In 1991, I was asked to lead Christmas Village, an event that was foundational to the club, critical to funding its philanthropies, and beloved by all of Nashville. I was humbled and honored. Another thirty years later, the women entrusted with the Christmas Village legacy ensure it remains fresh and fun for its patrons, profitable for its vendors, and supportive of its charities. There is nothing like the Christmas Village experience! To be a large part of something larger than yourself is the heart’s reward of our calling.
My first show with Christmas Village was in 1985 and I’ve been a merchant ever since - 37 years!
I’ve been a long-time merchant at the Village for the following reasons:
And, if you’re a shopper, you’ll definitely enjoy browsing all the unusual gift selections exhibited by merchants from across the United States. Not only is Christmas Village one of the oldest and most prestigious Christmas consumer shows in the South, it donates all proceeds to Vanderbilt’s Bill Wilkerson Center and other Pi Beta Phi charities.
The Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club has been a vital part of the Bill Wilkerson Center for over 70 years. To ensure ongoing financial stability for our programs, in 1961 the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club established Christmas Village – by far our longest lasting and most profitable fundraiser. The financial support of Christmas Village, along with the ongoing individual funding of many of their members, has allowed us to sustain the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute as the premier out-patient rehabilitation center in this region for adults and children with central nervous system disorders and acquired injuries. Today, patients travel from across and outside of the U.S. seeking services from our expert clinicians in our state-of-the-art facility.”
P.O. Box 158826
Nashville, TN 37215-8826
For general information about Christmas Village or press requests, email email@example.com.
For information on becoming a merchant, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about our Sneak-a-Peek event, please contact SAP@christmasvillage.org.
For an ADA accommodation, contact Christmas Village by e-mail or call our information line at 615-256-2726.
See the Fairgrounds Nashville Website www.thefairgrounds.com. If using a GPS device, use 500 Wedgewood Avenue Nashville, TN 37203 as your destination address to get accurate driving directions. The Fairgrounds Nashville charges a $10.00 cash fee for parking.