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Mexico City’s Christ Church Parish will host its annual Christmas bazaar on its premises, located at Montes Escandinavos 405 in Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An array of homemade jams, fresh fudge, plum pudding, mincemeat pies and other bakery goods, along with crafted holiday decorations, new and used books, artisan gifts, jewelry, toys, plants and clothing items will be on sale at affordable prices.

The bazaar, which is open to all free-of-charge, will also include the hallmark Christ Church tómbula and a raffle, plus baguettes, hot dogs and potato salad for a tasty pub-style lunch.

The bazaar will be heralded in with a dramatic performance of the very talented Saint Patrick’s Battalion Pipe and Drum Band, which will continue to offer additional live bagpipe performances throughout the day.

The Christ Church bazaar has been a tradition at Mexico’s oldest Anglican church for more than a 150 years and is its most important fundraiser, bringing in about 150,000 pesos a year to be used to sponsor outreach programs.

All proceeds from the event will go to help Christ Church’s charities, including the parish’s own Santa Juliana de Norwich health and wellness programs for low-income persons living in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico and the La Divina Providencia home for mentally and physically challenged children and adults in Texcoco, in the State of Mexico.

Christ Church in Mexico traces its beginnings back to 1871, when English-language services were first conducted on a regular weekly basis at various locations throughout the capital city.

Finally, in 1895, the first cornerstone of a neogothic style church was laid at Artículo 123 in downtown Mexico City, and the structure was opened for regular public worship on Pentecost Day three years later.

But years of aging and the devastating effects of the Sept. 19, 1985, earthquake finally forced the congregation to move to its current location in Lomas de Chapultepec.

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