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Christmas season gets an early start with locally-made crafts, artwork, food and many festive community events

Chatsworth Santa Claus parade

A popular community event, Christmas in the Village is set for Saturday, December 14 in Chatsworth. Photo: Chatsworth Agricultural Society.


BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — On Saturday, November 2, the Eugenia Snowflake Stop 'n Shop craft show was held in the basement of the United Church on Canrobert St. The early, first-of-its-kind Christmas shopping event was the brainchild of local resident Valerie Quackenbush who wanted to showcase the many talented local crafters and their unique products. Customers were treated to everything from baked goods, dried herbs, jams and jellies to handmade jewellery, art, hand-painted pottery, clothing and more.


Three-generation organizers Jayne LeGree, Buella Columbus and Valerie Quackenbush kept the hungry masses fed at the Snowflake Stop 'n Shop craft show in Eugenia.


Many more local shows and sales are planned across the region, giving you many opportunities to shop locally this holiday season. Here are just a few to watch out for...

The 26th Annual Priceville Christmas Craft Show will delight everyone at Stothart Hall in Priceville on Saturday, November 16. Over 30 vendors will show off their sewing, jewellery, wood and paper crafts, photography, maple syrup, Christmas decor and gifts. There will be something for everyone including a hearty lunch. 9:30 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.



Also on Saturday, November 16, another great one-of-a-kind Christmas show will bring you a wide variety of products, handmade, painted or prepared by local artists and culinary artisans. Browse the wonderful selection of art and tasty samples at the Beaver Valley Handmade Artisan Market in the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury. Previously held at Kimberley Hall but relocated to Thornbury due to construction, the new venue will allow for over 40 vendors peddling displaying from cards and calendars to stocking stuffers, unique gifts and more. The event features a delicious prepared lunch, cider and hot chocolate too. 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.



The Early Bird Christmas Market will happen at the Durham branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday, November 23. The event promises lots of great vendors to check off the items on your Christmas gift list. A hot lunch will also be available and will include your choice of chili and a roll or peameal on a bun with a small salad. 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.

Twas a Month Before Christmas and all through the barn, local vendors will be stirring in a first-ever November "Open Barn" event at Stable 71 in Dundalk, a farm on Sideroad 71 committed to rescuing, rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming horses in need. The barn will be magically transformed to a winter wonderland with hot chocolate, cookies, and vendors for your all of Christmas shopping needs. 11 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

On Friday, November 29, visitors will be driven to Christmas shopping madness in Markdale — Moonlight Madness, that is! This popular annual event will see downtown shops open late and feature many maddening specials, delicious hot refreshments to warm your cockles and a horse-drawn sleigh ride to boot. Wear your pyjamas and you might find a little extra fun! The Markdale Santa Claus Parade follows on the next day, Saturday, November 30.




The Flesherton and District Farmers' Market Christmas Market will occupy the Flesherton Kinplex on Saturday, November 30, boasting over 30 vendors, many of whom plied their wares at the summer market. Here you will find fresh baking, pies, jams, honey, syrup, cured meats, Christmas crafts, original artwork, jewellery and a few surprises too. Warm yourself with some hot chili and homemade cornbread too! 9 am to 2 pm. Admission is free.



Not to be outdone, the Southgate Community Farmers’ Market will bring holiday cheer to the Frank MacIntyre Building in Dundalk for their second annual Christmas Market on Saturday, December 7. The vendors are eager to show off their skills again, following another successful summer season focusing on locally raised, locally grown and locally made one-of-a-kind products. 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.



The largest interactive Christmas event in all of Grey and Bruce Counties has moved to Formosa this year. Christmas in the Country is a fantastic show featuring thousands of Christmas lights, hundreds of candle lanterns, horse-drawn wagon rides, horse rides, train rides, duck rides, Christmas café, free hot apple cider and bannock making, cookie decorating, crafts, and so much more. This three-day event will take place Friday to Sunday, December 6-8 with a Thursday drive-thru only on November 22.

The Flesherton and District Kinettes will hold their annual Frosty's Market at the Kinplex on Saturday, December 7. Every year, this event hosts lots of great vendors with a wide variety of items for sale. Everything from jewellery to hand-crocheting to original hand-painted signs, tasty sauces and preserves will await your attention. 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.

The Dundalk Santa Claus Parade will take over the streets of this small town on Saturday, December 7. The fun begins at 6:00 pm for one of the best and most colourful nighttime events of the season!

On Saturday, December 14, Christmas in the Village is a full day of food and family fun in Chatsworth. The Chatsworth Santa Claus Parade happens at 10:30 am but stick around to get the total small town holiday experience. Admission is free.

On Sunday, December 15, the Durham Royal Canadian Legion will host a Christmas Crafts Sale. Organizers promise a fantastic variety of items will be on display. Admission is by bringing a non-perishable food donation to the Food Bank.


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Updated March 12, 2020.

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