What makes Gallatin so magical? The historic features, the nicest people in America, and our deep ties to tradition – whether it be Friday night football or how we celebrate the holidays – all come to mind. Christmas is a time for family, celebrations, and quite often, traditions. Gallatin’s are some of the richest around!
A favorite for all is one that pre-dates my time in Gallatin by some years: Holiday Tinsel and Treasures. Coined as Gallatin’s holiday retail open house, the event takes shoppers on a retail tour throughout the city. Now in its 49th year, the event will again serve as the kick-off to the holiday shopping season in Gallatin. Make your list, check it twice, and throw on some shoes that are comfy and nice.
Shoppers can plan to enjoy more than just checking off their Christmas list. This year, 27+ retailers all over town will have their halls decked, holiday treats ready to taste, and festive tunes jingling through the speakers. There is some incentive to get out and shop in addition to supporting our local economy and enjoying the sights and sounds of the season. Tinsel and Treasures shoppers can pick up a pass at any stop along the tour and each stop will have a unique punch for you to add to your pass. A completed or semi-completed (10 punches) pass makes you eligible for a “Local Love” shopping spree; full passes are eligible for the “Grand Prize” shopping spree; total prize packages are valued at over $1,000! Winners will be selected at random and contacted by Nov. 25.
In addition to new retailers who have opened their doors since November 2019, this year’s Tinsel and Treasures includes a special stop at the Gallatin Farmers Market for “Merry Market Day”, featuring 20 local farm, handmade, and artisan booths. Likewise, some of our historic treasures will have their doors open during Tinsel and Treasures weekend including Historic Stonewall (332 E Main) which will be home to a second “Merry Market” location, with more than 10 additional artisan vendors. The home will also be open for tours, allowing for shoppers to give their pocket books a break and indulge in some local history.
If you haven’t already, be sure to clear your schedule and mark your calendars for both Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15 from 12-5 p.m. For more information or to pick up a shopping pass ahead of time, visit the Gallatin Area Chamber in person (118 W Main St), online (www.gallatintn.org), or contact us via phone (615-452-4000). Let’s keep the cheer HERE this year. Happy Shopping!
2020 Tinsel and Treasures Participants
A Daisy A Day Vintage & Antique Marketplace - 142 N Water Ave
Bee Inspired...House To Home - 223 N Water Ave
Black Tie Floral Design & Events, LLC - 967 Grassland Place, Ste G
County Mouse City Mouse – 301 S Water Ave
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store - 1005 Village Green Crossing
Davis Sit-N-Sleep, Tn Llc - 240 W Main St
Every Era – 207B N Water Ave
Gallatin Flower And Gift Shoppe – 210 N Locust Ave
Holiday On The Hill Market* – 2100 Nashville Pike
Inside Out Markets – 562 S Water Ave
Merchantile On The Square – 122 N Water Ave
Merry Market At Gallatin Farmers Market* – 160 W Franklin St
Merry Market At Historic Stonewall* – 332 E Main St
Pickled Treats & Antiques - 809 S Water Ave
Sassy And Brassy Boutique* - 130 N Water Ave
School Sales & Services, A+ Teacher & Parent Educational Store – 1023 S Water Ave
Southern Gypsies Boutique - 114 N Water Ave
Sumner Farmers Co-Op* - 450 Red River Road
TD Gallery – 201 S Water Ave
Tennessee Ace Hardware* - 441 E Broadway
Tennessee Honey Boutique & Gifts - 140 N Water Ave
Teresa's Flowers And Gifts - 100A S Westland Ave
The Artisan Hatchery - 158 N Water Ave
The Red Tulip - 1545 Nashville Pk, Ste 106
The Secret Garden – 114 W Main St
Timeless Treasures - 112 N Water Ave
Towne Square Records & Comics - 124 N Water Ave
Zippity Stitch - 240 W Main St
*Denotes only open on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Kim Baker is the President/CEO of the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce.