New Christmas Market at 108 Heritage Site on Dec. 11

European market includes music, good food, good smells and Christmas spirit

By Melissa Smalley

A brand-new Christmas event at the 108 Mile Heritage site is set to take place this month.

The inaugural Christmas Market will be held Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it will feature dozens of vendors, entertainment, activities and most of all – holiday spirit.

100 Mile & District Historical Society president Ulli Vogler says society volunteers have been wanting to host such an event for quite some time, but organizers wanted their Christmas market to be a little bit different than others around town.

Drawing inspiration from European Christmas markets, Vogler adds the organizing team decided to have events both indoors and outdoors, with an emphasis on capturing the sights, sounds, smells and essence of the holiday season.

“All of the Christmas markets in Europe are outside, with lots of music, good food, good smells and decorations.”

Vogler notes there will be a wide range of vendors, including jewelry, books, baking, skin care, arts and crafts and an array of food and goodies.

In addition to vendors, Rudolph the Reindeer and some of Santa’s elves will be on hand throughout the day to visit with children.

Santa Claus is also expected to stop by to take any last-minute wish-lists.

A Kids Corner will be set up for crafts and colouring as well, Vogler notes.

Vendor spots are still available for anyone interested in participating, and can be reserved by calling the 108 Heritage Site at 250-791-5288.