Historic Fulton Train Depot reopens as Christmas market: ‘Ornament of the town’

FULTON — The inaugural Christmas Market at the Fulton Train Depot opened this week, breathing new life into the historic building that had been closed to the public for over 40 years.

Wednesday marked the 110th anniversary since the depot originally opened.

After serving as a holiday attraction for people from mid-Missouri and beyond, the site will become the home to Grae Studio, an interior design business. The studio held a grand opening for the market Wednesday afternoon.

“We are really thrilled about this event because it is the kickoff of the Christmas market, but also because the historic train depot is going to be our first physical location,” said Gretchen Allen, manager of Grae Studio.

The market touts itself as “just the ticket for a heartwarming holiday shopping experience.”

Visitors can purchase fresh-cut Christmas trees as well as gifts and vintage items.

“We’re so thrilled to be able to open the doors once again and for people to be able to come and actually get to see the interior,” Allen said.

Allen and owner Crystal Aulbur, who together comprise the Grae Studio staff, will receive help from family and friends to operate the market, they said.

“The community support has been tremendous,” Aulbur said.

Visiting the market
Profits from the sales at the market and any donations made will go toward restorations of the train depot, which is “an ornament of the town,” Aulbur and Allen said.

The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 18 at 1005 E Walnut St. in Fulton.

Admission to the market is free and open to the public.

Guests enter through the depot’s freight house, which the two plan to use as storage and to host more markets throughout the year.

The Fulton Depot retains much of its original architecture and design features, which Allen said is not only important to the studio, but to residents of the area who treasure its historical significance.

“Pretty much everyone in town has a personal connection to the train depot,” she said. “We’re really excited to restore the historical integrity of the building and for people to be able to come in and see the building in its original state before we begin the restoration process.”

At the Christmas market, visitors will be able to purchase T-shirts, ornaments and train whistles with the studio’s logo to commemorate their visit, in hopes of encouraging a return to the market for years to come.

One of Aulbur’s favorite family traditions is making a trek to cut down a Christmas tree, but she knows that not everyone has the ability to make such a trip, which is why the two decided to create their own “urban tree farm.”

Multiple photo opportunities will be available for attendees. One includes a vintage green couch for groups to sit on with Christmas greenery hanging behind them. The other is said to showcase Aulbur’s design work and features a vintage truck with the business’ logo on the passenger side door and decorations in the truck bed.

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FULTON — The inaugural Christmas Market at the Fulton Train Depot opened this week, breathing new life into the historic building that had been closed to the public for over 40 years. Wednesday marked the 110th anniversary since the depot originally opened. After serving as a holiday attraction for people from mid-Missouri and beyond, the…

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