**Popular holiday shopping event announces new pop-up location, with COVID safety enforced**

              Poway, Calif. (October 26, 2020) – Today, may be pumpkin spice and everything nice, but the elves at Poway Countryside Barn are getting ready for the Christmas holiday season, with their popular
Christmas at the Barn shopping event, Nov. 5-8 and Nov. 12-15. **New this year, the shop will take place in a temporary pop-up location, also in Poway – 12845 Poway Road, #217 (Poway, 92064).**

The Christmas pop-up is 4,500-square-feet, three times the size of its current store, allowing lots of space to socially distance. The store’s mother-daughter team have taken great care in creating a safe environment, such as adding a second weekend and extended hours. Masks are required, the use of hand sanitizer, limited occupancy, and markers for spacing.

A great place for holiday decorating ideas, and one of the most anticipated features of the event, are the themed Christmas trees, and this year, they have 25! Themes include “My Favorite Things” (little boys tree), “Merry Little Princess” (little girls tree), “Christmas at the Ski Lodge,” and “Mrs. Clause’s Bake Shop & Santa’s Diner,” to name a few.

“Christmas is our favorite season!” said Liz McNamara. “We plan all year long for this event, and although things may be very different this year, we have found ways to make this a year just as special, in a safe environment, and keep the magic of the holidays alive.”

Fellow small business – Smokin’ J’s BBQ – will be on-site for lunch, dinner or snacks with Christmas themed menu options.

Each year, there is also a food donation component…and Santa, usually makes an appearance!

The event starts Thursday, Nov. 5 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 8; open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day, and will also run the following weekend, Thursday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 15, also 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.

Poway Countryside Barn’s regular location (14051 Midland Road in Poway, 92064) will remain open. And, the temporary location will only be open during event hours.

“Our Christmas open house has been such a magnificent shopping experience for many years, with an amazing turnout and we are excited to be able to do it again,” said McNamara. “Come enjoy the magic of Christmas where we believe in Santa, nativity scenes, and saying, ‘Merry Christmas.’”

Guests are invited to follow along on social media (@PowayCountrysideBarn) for sneak peeks and more details.

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