If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit and support local at the same time, be sure to mark your calendars for the Downtown Dresden Christmas Night Market.
Taking place outdoors along the intersection of Main Street and St. George Street in Dresden on Dec. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., this is the second year the free event is running.
Returning from 2017’s success, organizers Morena McDonald and Tyler Ouellette said this family-friendly event is going to be even bigger and better than the last, with shopping, entertainment, food and more.
“After last’s year success, we had 2,500 people crowding the streets of Dresden and even more people from the parade,” said McDonald. “The community said they would love to have it again this year and we decided to bring it back.”
With a focus on Christmas lights to help transform Dresden into a Christmas wonderland, more than 40 vendors are expected to line the streets, joining local businesses that will be open late.
The not-for-profit event has gotten a helping hand from sponsors who are helping to bring an ice carver and even a live reindeer.
Halfway through the night, Santa Claus will make an appearance during the parade, which starts at 6 p.m.
“Every single part of the event is local,” said McDonald. “From the drinks available at the holiday bar, to the vendors and the charities involved.”
Hot chocolate will be on sale outside the Sidestreets Youth Centre, with the proceeds from that sale going to the organization.
A Pop Up Holiday Bar from The Dresden Kinsmen will also be making an appearance serving local beer, mulled wine and Christmas-themed drinks.
Although taking place in Dresden, McDonald says the event is about helping people from all over Chatham-Kent.
With McDonald’s experience with event planning and Ouellette’s involvement as a board member of the Sidestreets Youth Centre, they saw an opportunity to help.
“Everyone here is very supportive; when you try to bring something new, everyone jumps on board with the idea,” said Ouellette of the support from the Dresden community.
For more information on the event and a list of vendors, visit the Downtown Dresden Night Market’s Facebook page.