Market kicks off Christmas festivities

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It’s that time of year again – the eighth annual Airdrie Christmas Show will kick off Christmas festivities in Airdrie Nov. 3 and 4.

Airdrie Farmers’ Market manager Candice Kolson said the popular two-day market provides Airdrie and area residents a chance to get a head start on Christmas shopping.

“There’s a lot of really unique gifts and a lot of handmade stuff that’s at the show. We’ve got some very high quality vendors, so definitely something for everyone,” she said.

The event will take place at the Town and Country Centre Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kolson said there are roughly 60 vendors signed up.

“Every year we have new vendors. We just cycle through some of our vendors from the farmers’ market and then we add different vendors each year that are interested,” she said.

One new vendor Kolson said she is particularly excited about is Airdrie Woodworking, which showcases the work of two local youth entrepreneurs. There are also vendors that only sign up for the Christmas market each year, including Crazy Cat Lady, Collection Fruit Cakes and Tracy Fine Products, which carries things like ice cream scoops, pizza cutters and pens made out of unique wood products, according to Kolson.

“It’s a great show. We attract thousands of visitors. We raise an awful lot of money for the Airdrie Food Bank because we ask for a donation for the food bank in place of admission,” she said. “Over the past couple of years, the donations have been down a little bit – a possible indicator of what’s going on in the economy. But this year, we are really hoping for that push for everybody to bring a generous donation for the food bank.”

Monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be accepted and there will be food trucks set up for hungry market-goers.

“It is the last event of the year for the Airdrie Farmers’ Market, so it will be the last time for residents until the spring to come out and chat with the vendors and stock up on products before Christmas and before winter,”Kolson said.

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