More than 10,000 people started their Christmas shopping in Saskatoon this weekend at the Sundog Arts and Entertainment Faire.

The arts and craft fair has been held in the city for the past 38 years, supporting local businesses.

Diane Boyko, the coordinator of the craft sale, said Sundog is a good place to start Christmas shopping.

"I think our patrons really appreciate the work that is done here," said Boyko. "The originality, the uniqueness. And they let the marketers know that."

There are 200 exhibitors at the fair and 40 of them are new this year.

Jim Nodge is a metal sculpture artist from Craik, Sask., who has been coming to the Sundog for almost a decade.

"It's close to home, it's a fun show," said Nodge. "It's got the best food, it's got the best entertainment and the people are pretty good," he said.

In preparation for the expected surge of Christmas shoppers, many stores and malls in Saskatchewan have already extended business hours.