Alternative Christmas Market
Join the joyful crowds at the Market:
- Sunday, November 20 in the Children's Building
8:30-12:30 and 5:45-6:45
We will also hold mini-markets on the following three Sundays. VISA and MC will be accepted.
You may also shop the market online! Enter the online market!
A Star Has Risen!
It started simple - a baby, born in a manger. Wherever His star has risen, hope has risen in human hearts and communities. Celebrating His birth, however, has become anything but simple. We get caught up in a blur of exhausting shopping, decorating, partying. How about recovering the life-giving simplicity of Christmas by focusing on gifts that bring hope to people near and far? We call it Alternative Christmas Market.
SBPC's Alternative Christmas Markets started 25 years ago with two ladies/moms/community movers, who wanted to reclaim the true meaning of Christmas for their families. A quarter of century later, our ACM is lodged into the hearts of thousands of families as a bright star in their Christmas season. The inspiration behind our Market has merged with a movement afoot in our country called "Advent Conspiracy."
The idea is simple: if your grandma loves gardening, buy her trees that will go to a struggling farmer in Haiti. Your child's teacher would be honored with text books for a promising Hispanic college student in San Diego. You will give your grandma or teacher a card explaining the gift. The farmer or student will be helped. All are blessed by the true spirit of Christmas!
The gifts you'll find at the Nov 20 Market and on our website are simple but powerful. They don't come packaged in plastic that will clog our landfills. They do come wrapped in hope and love.