Christmas Through Lowell is returning this weekend to help local shoppers find unique gifts for everyone on their holiday list.
The annual event has been going strong for 30 years, and for 2022, it features more than 300 artists and crafters spread across 44 homes, churches and businesses in the Lowell area. Seventeen businesses in Lowell’s historic downtown are also participating in the event.
Christmas Through Lowell hours are:
- Friday, November 18, 2022: 9am-9pm
- Saturday, November 19, 2022: 9am-7pm
- Sunday, November 20, 2022: 11am-5pm
Brochures with a map of all the stops can be picked up at any participating location or from the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce building on the Riverwalk. Not all stops are open all three days so check the map or ChristmasThroughLowell.org for days and hours of specific locations.
2022 Featured Artist: Tuckertown Forge
One stop you won’t want to miss is #37, located at 2880 Pratt Lake Rd SE. There, you will find Tuckertown Forge, this year’s featured stop.
“Our metalwork is one-of-a-kind,” says Frank Leasure, who has lived in Lowell since 1958 and been a blacksmith since 1978. The roots of his business name go back to the 1860s when Erwin W. Tucker built a mill in the area, which was subsequently dubbed Tuckertown.
“We decided a long time ago to pay homage to him and call our blacksmithing company Tuckertown Forge,” according to Leasure.
People can buy items year-round from Tuckertown Forge’s website and Etsy page, but Leasure loves having the opportunity to meet with customers in-person during the annual Christmas Through Lowell event.
Visitors to stop #37 will find all sorts of upcycled metal decor from crabs made out of horseshoes to animals made of shovels and rakes. Leasure’s handmade metal boot and mitten racks are especially popular this time of year. Plus, there are metal stars designed to be hung from the side of houses, fire pokers and outdoor cooking tools.
In addition to metalwork items, Leasure’s wife and daughters will have their handmade items available for sale. Those include pillowcases, baby quilts, Christmas ornaments and more. “We thoroughly enjoy doing Christmas Through Lowell,” Leasure notes.
Each year, Tuckertown Forge releases a new item prior to Christmas Through Lowell, and that announcement is expected to be made on Thursday. To see it, follow Tuckertown Forge on Facebook. You can also find the business on TikTok and Instagram.
For more information about Christmas Through Lowell, visit ChristmasThroughLowell.org.