New Fulton business starts holiday tradition paying homage to the city's history

A new, nostalgic holiday experience is coming to Fulton.

Christmas Market at the Depot will be held at the city’s old train depot, which was recently purchased by Grae Studio, an interior design company. 

Grae Studio Manager Gretchen Allen says the owners bought the building in September.  It was shortly afterwards when they learned the depot would be celebrating its 110th anniversary on November 24.  She says they quickly scrambled to think of a way to commemorate the depot’s anniversary and eventually landed on the idea of starting an annual Christmas market. 

“For this year we’re going to have a variety of Christmas trees where people can come and pick out beautiful Christmas trees for their home.  We’re actually shipping them in from Nova Scotia so they’re going to be fresh off the Christmas farm.  And then we’re going to have some holiday gifts and curated items where people can come and do some holiday shopping.” 

Allen says the Christmas Market will include tours of the depot.  There will also be hot beverages and fun displays where you can take photos. 

Allen says this year’s inaugural event will center around the depot. 

“Whenever it was built back in the early 1900s it was deemed an ornament to the town because it just was really seen as this significant structure that would be good for business and that would be good for the community.  So we’re kind of playing off that with the ornaments side and making that a part of the Christmas market.” 

The market premieres Wednesday, November 24 from 4 to 7 p.m.  There will be a brief ceremony to honor the building, followed by some fun surprises.

After that, the market will be open every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through December 18. 

Allen says you can pick up your Christmas tree and maybe purchase some holiday gifts, or if you prefer, you can just stroll around the market and depot, enjoying it all for free.  She says they’re hoping to expand the event each year. 

The depot is located at 1005 E. Walnut Street, between the downtown and William Woods University.