The holiday spirit was in full swing with many people walking up and down Ottawa Street and shopping at local businesses Saturday (Dec. 2) as part of the Holiday Cheer market.
Along the street there was musical entertainment as a local musician played Christmas music on two steelpans, filling the street with festive holiday music.
The event had small markets dotted down Ottawa Street and in-store deals with participating businesses.
The Makers Market at the Crown Point Community Church had free hot chocolate for visitors, photo ops with Santa and a festive-themed photo booth. The church was filled with vendors selling homemade items like art prints, baked goods and more.
Another market was at the Laidlaw United Church and was called Tinsel Town. The church’s basement was filled with vendors selling baked goods, homemade jewelry, homemade knitted sweaters, hot food and other various stocking stuffer items.
“Hopefully there’s a lot of foot traffic just to gear up some interest and get some items sold,” vendor Guyliane Burrows said.
Tinsel town didn’t skip out on the baked goods. There were Nanaimo bars, shortbread cookies and muffins, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, butter tarts and more for sale.
“Our baked goods are brought in by the women of the church and other family members,” volunteer Heather Shaw said. “Every time we have a bake sale we always have different kinds of cakes and cookies and whatever coming in.”
Laidlaw United Church is hosting another Christmas event on Dec. 16. This event will be a lunch with Santa starting at 11 a.m.