27th Annual
Franciscan Christmas Fair
November 17, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Franciscan Life Center Campus
271 Finch Ave.
Meriden, CT 06451
Admission and parking are FREE
10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 1:30 p.m .
The Living Crèche
Experience the reenactment of the living nativity originally brought to life
by St. Francis of Assisi. 

Enjoy the procession of angels, shepherds, three kings, and the Holy Family surrounded by live animals. 
Join us in singing Christmas carols with a special message from Santa Claus on the true meaning of Christmas.
Raffle Prizes
Tickets available at fair

Prizes include gift certificates to Tops Marketplace, Water's Edge, Escobar's Farmhouse Inn in Portsmouth, R.I., as well as an Apple iPad, handmade quilt, portable grill, and a Holy Land olivewood crèche.

Drawing on day of fair.
Basket Raffles
Themes include:
Franciscan, Travel, Coffee, Vera Bradley, Quilting, Snack, Christmas, Baking, Craft, Yarn, Ice Cream Accessories, Pet, Handy-Man, Family Fun, Spa, Thanksgiving, Reindeer, Craft,
Farmer's Market, Italian, Baby,
Garden, Crochet, Tailgate,
Sea Glass Jewelry, and
Celebrating America Baskets
Adults and Children's Grab Bag

Take a chance, select a bag and win the surprises within.
Franciscan Pottery
A staple and favorite at the fair are these unique pottery items (bowls, mugs, pitchers, vases) handmade by the Franciscan Sisters and Brothers of the Eucharist.
Merry Miscellaneous

Browse the tent of Christmas treasures with an assortment of Christmas and holiday decor.
Jams and Jellies
Sister Mary Anne Linder, FSE and her dedicated volunteers labor in the weeks prior to the fair to create these delicious, fresh treats.
Franciscan Breads
Many helping hands go into kneading and baking the fresh, Franciscan breads that are quite popular. Sweet cinnamon Christmas breads, dinner rolls, and caramel pull apart breads along with various loaves of banana, pumpkin, orange, apple, butternut squash, zucchini, and banana chocolate chip are some of the selections available.
Christmas Trees, Wreaths, and More
Make a purchase or put in an order for 5 foot and up
Fraser or Balsam
Christmas Trees.
Make a purchase or put in an order for wreaths, candle centerpieces, log boxes, kissing balls, boxwood tabletop trees, and door swags.
Sample menu items available and made fresh are chili, soups, fried dough, hot dogs, chili dogs, cinnamon rolls, popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot cocoa, and roasted chestnuts.
Santa and Mrs. Claus
Come visit and have your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch Santa make a special appearance at the Living Crèche.
Handmade Items

Candy, Fudge, Cookies,
Popcorn, Whoopee Pies, Jams,
Jellies, Breads, Advent
Candles, Jewelry, Purses, Knitted Clothing, Pottery , Wooden Reindeer,
Holy Land items,
Franciscan Memorial Cookbooks,
and much more!