KINGSPORT — The lobby of the Kingsport Civic Auditorium was packed Friday morning with folks eager to enter and get first crack at the offerings of the 42-annual Christmas Connection event.

The event features the best hand-crafted items from local and regional vendors — including country crafts, home décor, fine woodcrafts, leather crafts, handmade soaps and lotions, candles, jewelry and Christmas ornaments.

You can also find stained glass, wheel-thrown pottery, fabric crafts, needlework, American girl doll clothing, pet accessories and clothing, Dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, snowmen, Santas, candied pecans, baked goods and more.

The event continues today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

You’ll also be serenaded as you shop with live Christmas music by the Renaissance Strings (members of the Kingsport Senior Center).

Outside the front entrance, make sure to stop by the food trucks to satisfy your salty, savory or sweet taste buds. The Kingsport Ballet will be in the entry foyer with their homemade baked goods for sale.