By Pam Wright
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Downtown Dresden is set to twinkle at the Christmas Night Market Nov. 25.
It’s the sixth rendition of the popular event and this year will feature a new Festival of Trees addition that will see some lucky winners take home a beautiful Christmas tree just in time for the holiday season.
According to co-organizer Morena McDonald, the glittery fundraiser will feature a display of decorated trees at the Dresden Sidestreets Youth Centre on Main Street. Tickets will be sold for a draw to win the trees.
“This is something new for the Christmas Night Market,” McDonald said, adding that all funds raised from both the tree draw – and the market itself – are funneled towards paying for operations and programs at the youth centre.
McDonald said visitors to the night market can look forward to more of everything – including food trucks, music and vendors.
In addition, the layout of the market will be changed to keep it “fresh,” McDonald said, with a change in the location of the pop-up bar area.
Plus, Santa Claus will be walking amongst the crowd during the event.
Businesses will also be open late, providing an opportunity for visitors to shop to their heart’s content.
McDonald said the market attracts tourists to the area and is a venue to showcase what Dresden has to offer.
“We find that a lot of our guests are from out of town,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to learn new things about our town.”
Dresden’s Christmas Night Market continues to build on success. Earlier this year, it was given the nod by Festival and Events Ontario for being in the top 100 for market events in the province.
The event is organized and staffed by volunteers, with all profits returned to charity.
For more information visit night-market.ca or on Instagram at #nmdresden.