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Annual Christmas market brings the holiday cheer to Grimsby

The Town of Grimsby is feeling festive this holiday season, as its annual indoor Christmas market took place on Nov. 25 at the West Niagara Fairgrounds.

Visitors jostling each other, having difficulty navigating their way through the crowd and people talking loudly were common during the market’s opening hours, as it was packed with people searching for the perfect Christmas gifts. However, as the day went on, things got quieter and it became more enjoyable for visitors to shop and browse with a cup of hot chocolate in hand.

Carol Tritton, a long-time visitor to the Grimsby Christmas market, said she enjoys coming to the event each year and loves the holiday spirit it provides to visitors.

“I go [to the Grimsby Christmas market] often, usually every year. I try to support locally,” she said. “[I love] the festivities, everybody being happy, [and] spending money.”

Many vendors were present at the market. Each stand was decorated to give off a Christmas vibe, with Christmas lights, ornaments or small Christmas trees.

Some vendors were offering free samples of festive snacks, like mini coloured candy canes.
Vendors had diverse displays for visitors, ranging from clothing to jewelry to toys.

Some of the items for sale included Christmas ornaments, candles, jewelry, bath and body care products, leather goods, candles, baked goods and more.

Carri Eldridge, another visitor at this year’s Christmas market, said she had an enjoyable experience and liked to see what the vendors have to offer.

“It is [my] first time here, I like it,” Eldridge said. [My favourite part about the market] is the vendors. They’re very nice and they have good stuff.”

Grimsby’s next Christmas holiday-themed event will be the annual Grimsby Santa Claus Parade in downtown Grimsby on Dec. 2 starting at 5:15 p.m. and going until 7:30 p.m.

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