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43rd ANNUAL CHI OMEGA CHRISTMAS MARKET - NEW VIRTUAL FORMAT 

Att'n: MERCHANTS - click here for the Merchant Application for Chi Omega Christmas Market 2020.

One of Dallas’ most beloved holiday traditions to kick-off the shopping season, the Chi Omega Christmas Market, is proud to announce a new, virtual format. The new, virtual Market will allow shoppers the ability to participate in the longstanding, 43-year tradition of the Chi Omega Christmas Market from the safety of their own homes, shopping from a curated gift guide, and give back to some of North Texas’ most deserving beneficiaries whose work has not halted during these unprecedented times. The “12 Days of Chi Omega Christmas Virtual Market” is scheduled to take place Nov. 10 - 21, 2020.

Co-chaired by mother-daughter team Jana Beth Eidson, Taylor Eidson Wood and Savannah Eidson Near (see photo below), the 2020 Chi Omega Christmas Market will be held virtually using a custom gift guide that will highlight merchants from across the country offering a variety of different items. The team elected to pivot the Market to a virtual format, rather than cancel the event, in an effort to raise much needed funds for some of North Texas’ most deserving nonprofits, as well as provide an opportunity for small business merchants to thrive during these trying times. The show must go on.

To receive the 2020 Chi Omega Christmas Virtual Market gift guide, please click the “Contact Us” form at the top of this page. The Market will continue the tradition of First Call for Patrons, as shoppers who make a donation will have the ability to shop the Market a full day prior to the event’s start on Nov. 9, 2020.

“A virtual Chi Omega Christmas Market allows us to bring a new experience to shoppers this year, while continuing the rich tradition of spreading holiday cheer and raising critically important funds for this year’s amazing beneficiaries - the true meaning for the Market,” said Jana Beth Eidson, Chi Omega Christmas Market 2020 Co-Chair. “We’re extremely thankful to everyone for their continued support of the Chi Omega Christmas Market in these unusual times.”

Chi Omega has a long tradition of helping those in need, as the Chi Omega Christmas Market is one of Dallas’ longest standing, most iconic holiday traditions. Beneficiaries of the 2020 Market include: Bridge Breast Network, Braswell Child Development Center, CitySquare, DME Exchange of Dallas, Family Gateway, Grant Halliburton Foundation, Make-A-Wish of North Texas, Mi Escuelita Preschool, Mommies In Need, New Friends New Life, Our Friends Place, PediPlace, Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and The Senior Source. See Beneficiary tab above for more information. Shoppers can also make a donation to the Market for these 2020 beneficiaries.

Shoppers are also encouraged to visit the Market’s social channels for more information, including details about the highlighted merchants and hand-picked items that will be showcased during the 12 Days of Chi Omega Christmas Virtual Market. Plans are also already in process for the 44th Chi Omega Christmas Market on Nov. 17-20, 2021.

Meet the Chairs of Chi Omega Christmas Virtual Market 2020

l.-r. - Savannah Eidson Near, Jana Beth Eidson, Taylor Eidson Wood

 

 

 

History of the Chi Omega Christmas Market 

The first Chi Omega Christmas Market was held in November 1978. Dallas Chi Omega Alumnae spent 2 years planning to get the first show off the ground. It was held at the old Dallas Convention Center. There were 49 booths and 14 double booths. One of the original Market Chairmen said, “Getting merchants for that first year was very hard! It took a real team of ladies to sell them on the idea.” That first Market was a tremendous success raising $13,150 for the Dallas community.

In 1980 we moved to the 'Convention Center' Ballroom of the old NorthPark Inn. The Market grew and moved back to the Dallas Convention Center in 1987. We stayed there until 2012, then moved to our current venue at Fair Park.

The Market now has an extensive application process and a merchant waiting list, so we are able to bring you 200 of the best merchants around! COCM offers a unique one-of-a-kind shopping experience with merchants showcasing gifts for every age including holiday decor, women’s clothing, accessories, home accents, children’s clothing and toys, food gifts, and much more!  Funds for Chi Omega Christmas Market beneficiaries are derived solely from ticket sales, merchant booth fees, donations and underwriting. COCM receives no monies from merchant booth sales. 

The 2019 Market provided donations totaling $560,000 to worthy local charitable organizations. One of our long time vendors recently wrote, “From a seasoned retailer’s point of view, Chi Omega Christmas Market is THE premier holiday market in North Texas.” Over a period of 42 years we have supported 120 different agencies by donating over $9 million dollars. This is only possible thanks to our army of volunteers - Chi Omega actives and alumnae of all ages. There were approximately 500 volunteers in 2019 who contributed at least 2,000 'woman' hours.

The event has grown so much over its history that we now consistently give over $250,000 year after year. This is in large part due to the support of our 11,000+ shoppers each year. Please check out the Beneficiary Tab for insight into how the Dallas community has benefitted from the Chi Omega Christmas Market. We are thrilled to continue the tradition of giving again in 2020!

Chi Omega active SCHOLARSHIPS are given yearly as well. See the General Info tab above > Scholarships.

Chi Omega Education and Charity Fund of Dallas (Chi Omega Christmas Market) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Please direct all correspondence to: 12700 Hillcrest Rd # 125, Dallas TX 75230, office@ChiOmegaXmas.org , 214-890-1999.