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Diane Mrva checks out a vendor's offerings during last year's Mistletoe + Merlot holiday shopping market. This year, the event will be held at Newberry Hall.

The Aiken Standard's Mistletoe + Merlot holiday shopping market will return in November for those looking to get an early jump on their holiday shopping.

Last year, the first-ever Mistletoe + Merlot took place at the Aiken County Historical Museum and saw a hefty turnout. This year, the holiday shopping market will be held at Newberry Hall in downtown Aiken from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 21.

Ciera Clingerman, of the Aiken Standard's events and sales team, said a "very well-attended" event is anticipated this year.

“This new location is to accommodate our guests with more parking and our vendors with more space," Clingerman said. "There is still a little time to sign up as a vendor if you’d like to showcase your craft. We are looking forward to a great turnout with tasty beverages, hors d’oeuvres and fantastic vendors.”

This year, Mistletoe + Merlot will showcase over 50 local vendors selling crafts, gifts, jewelry and more. There also will be live music, beer and wine, and a photo booth.

The first 250 visitors will receive a souvenir wine glass and shopping bag.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are available for $15 each and can be purchased online at tickets.aikenstandard.com.

Tickets also are available at the Aiken Standard, 326 Rutland Drive; Lionel Smith Ltd., 132 Laurens St. S.W.; Hibbitts Drug Co., 735 N. Main St., New Ellenton; Unique Expressions, 1521 Whiskey Road; and Vikki's Boutique, 1501 Whiskey Road.

For more information, call Melinda Caldwell at 803-644-2362 or Ciera Clingerman at 803-644-2377.

Kristina Rackley is a general assignment reporter with the Aiken Standard.