The Fredonia Presbyterian Church on Central Ave. will host the Alternative Christmas Festival on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dec. 8 from noon to 2 p.m.
The event features over 500 nativity scenes from around the world. An alternative market will sell SERRV International handcrafted gifts from different countries, including nativities, craft kits and books. Fair trade items and baskets will be available for purchase, such as coffee, tea, chocolate, almonds and cocoa. Shoppers can assemble their own gift baskets.
Alternative gifts to places such as Heifer Project International, the Rural Ministry of Chautauqua County, the Medical Benevolence Association and the Topaza Orphanage of Madagascar will be available, as well. This shopping experience offers patrons the opportunity to find special gifts that are worth more than what can be wrapped in shiny paper. Purchasing these items helps people all over the world. In an era where Christmas is cornered by materialism and brandname trends, the Alternative Christmas Festival reminds shoppers that bettering the lives of others is truly the greatest gift we can give.
A rice nativity is one of the 500 nativities that will be on display.