Holiday House returns to Selma

Published 10:29 am Friday, December 8, 2023

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As the holiday season descends upon Selma, there’s a festive pop-up shopping venue that locals eagerly anticipate every year. Holiday House, nestled at Ms. Minnie Sue’s cottage on 622 McLeod Avenue, is a charming spot that opens its doors for the first two weeks of December, offering a unique shopping experience with local vendors showcasing a variety of goods. 

Candy Duncan, Treasurer of the Selma/Dallas County Historic Preservation Society shared insights into the history of this long standing tradition and stated that the focus this year was on Ms. Minnie Sue’s cottage itself as the building suffered severe damage during the Jan. tornado.

“We’ve been having this event for 45 years. It began as a festival that included the tour of homes,” Duncan said. “When the tornado hit, we had just lost our insurance. The insurance company didn’t want to insure a historic home. So, this year, we’re raising money to pay for the repairs we have done and still have to do on this house.”

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With over 40 vendors participating, Holiday House has transformed into a retail haven, allowing visitors to peruse an array of delightful offerings. Jams and jellies, monogrammed jewelry, tumblers, candles, fudge, trail mix, Christmas ornaments, handmade pottery—the choices are as diverse as the local talents on display.

One shopper, Jan Parker, expressed her gratitude for the event and its positive impact on the community. Parker, who has already visited twice in the last three days, plans to return for more.

“I’m glad that Selma has this sort of event during the holidays, and I look forward to it every year,” Parker said. “I come several times to replenish my soups and sweets and they just have the most wonderful gifts.”

As the city of Selma embraces the holiday season, this cherished tradition not only spreads holiday cheer but also stands as a beacon of hope and support for ongoing tornado recovery efforts within the community. The festive atmosphere, coupled with the opportunity to support local businesses and preserve the history of Selma all in one stop, has made this annual event a must visit for residents and visitors alike.

Holiday house is open until Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Sunday when it is open from 1-4 p.m.