The Crossfield Farmer’s Market is hosting its annual Christmas market at four separate venues from Nov. 5 to 6, featuring a variety of vendors and holiday-themed fun.
According to Cheryl Shea, manager of the Crossfield Farmer’s Market, the Christmas event is an annual favourite of Crossfieldians and visitors alike. She said the annual holiday market has been going on for as long as she can remember, but in recent years, its popularity has really taken off.
“Over the last couple of years, we’ve just grown it and it’s a really important community builder and a very important small business venue for folks,” she said.
In addition to a large selection of hand-crafted goods, fresh produce, and food stuffs that shoppers can peruse, the market will host a Santa Claus, live reindeer, and Grinch impersonator, who Shea said was a particular favourite in previous iterations of the event.
In between shopping, Shea said for a small fee, families can also get a photo taken with their favourite holiday character.
She added there will be approximately 250 vendors to choose from as they go about their early holiday shopping, with products ranging from fresh baked goods, to spirits, to handcrafted honey, to artisan woodworkers.
“It’s going to be a spectacular [time],” she said. “Anything you can possibly imagine, we’ll have it.”
While not every market is classified as a farmers market, and not every farmers market is sanctioned by Alberta Health, Shea said the Crossfield Farmer’s Market and its associated Christmas market are provincially approved markets, and are exempt from the Restriction Exemption Program (REP).
Therefore, the market will not require guests to show proof of vaccination, though organizers will require attendees to wear a mask and practise social distancing while they are inside. Shea added each venue will be running at one-third of its fire code capacity, and she encourages guests to be patient if they experience a line-up to get in.
She said there will also be a special visitor card for guests coming to the market, which they can use to enter a draw to win a gift basket.
“This is something we’ve done for the last few years, and we’ve expanded it into different venues,” she said. “You can grab a visitor card at the front door of any of the venues, and when you go around to the other venues, you have it punched and then you enter to win at [the final venue].
“It’s been very well-received [in previous years].”
Shea added the gift baskets include goods donated from Crossfield businesses as well as market vendors.
The market will be hosted from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 5, as well as from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 6.
Venues, all within a few minutes’ walking or driving distance of each other, include the Crossfield and District Community Centre, Crossfield Elementary School, W.G. Murdoch School, and Collicut Siding Golf Course.
For additional information regarding the Crossfield Christmas Market, guests are encouraged to visit the Crossfield Farmers Market Facebook page.
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