Upcoming Events: MarketSquare's Christmas Festival in Okotoks
Join MarketSquare's annual OKOTOKS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL November 10-12. Each year this three day event marks the start of holiday shopping season, and is a premier destination that showcases 175+ of the best artisans from Southern Alberta. With its small town charm, vibrant Christmas spirit, wide range of fabulous artisan vendors, Santa, children's workshop and live caroling, this small town Christmas market has grown to be one of the most anticipated holiday shopping destinations around. Join us, invite your friends, and kick off your holiday shopping in Okotoks! Okotoks Christmas Festival is a proud partner in the Annual Foothills Holiday Roadshow, in partnership with Millarville Christmas Market and Olde Towne Okotoks Passport to Savings (see foothillsroadshow.com)
ADDRESS - 2 locations THIS YEAR:
NOVEMBER 10 FRIDAY 12-8
NOVEMBER 11* SATURDAY 10-5
NOVEMBER 12 SUNDAY 10-5
*see note below under "HELPING OTHERS" regarding Remembrance Day Nov 11.
$5/person single admission at the door (children under 12 free), OR
FREE with FOOTHILLS ROADSHOW PASS (CLICK for details. Roadshow Pass must be pre-purchased. Pass includes admission to both Okotoks Christmas Festival and Millarville Christmas Market, and redeemable coupons to sixteen fantastic boutique shops in downtown Okotoks).
WHAT YOU WILL FIND AT THIS EVENT ...
175+ ARTISAN VENDORS ... Handmade jewellery, wooden home decor, soft knits, leather crafts, children's toys, baked goods, glass ornaments, candles, home made soaps, stunning photo crafts, and unique imports. MarketSquare's vendors are carefully selected for this show and they represent some of the best artisans in the region, offering a stunning selection of beautiful items.
SANTA PHOTOS ... NOT JUST FOR KIDS! Professional Santa photos in a stunning professional old-world-set! HUNDREDS TOLD US LAST YEAR THAT IT IS THE BEST SANTA SET THEY'VE EVER SEEN. Bring your children, groups of friends, grandma & grandpa, coworkers, or simply snap a selfie with Santa! All are welcome, it's for a great cause. For ONLY $30 You will receive high resolution digital copy of your photo(s), so you can print as many copies as you'd like for your friends and family! Photos by local Stacy Bond Photography and our amazing Santa set donated by local shop Okotoks Country Living. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER. ALL PROFIT will be donated to the Okotoks Food Bank.
KIDS CORNER ... Okotoks Children's Place will be offering childcare and activities throughout the three day event. Children will be able to decorate cookies and make a variety of festive crafts. Children's Place has been a very popular addition to our Christmas market in recent years, and we welcome this wonderful local organisation back once again! This is complimentary, however if you are able to make a small donation to the Okotoks Food Bank we would much appreciate it.
CAROLING & QUARTETS ... Foothills Philharmonic Chorus will be performing on stage intermittently throughout the weekend. They were an amazing addition to our Christmas market last few years, and we're thrilled to have them join us once again!
HELPING OTHERS ... has been one of MarketSquare's core values from the get-go. Just like last year, we will be supporting veterans as well as families who rely on help from the food bank.
We support our veterans. This year's event falls on Remembrance Day. In honour of our veterans, members of the Royal Canadian Legion will be present and collecting donations on November 11th. We will also have 2 minutes of silence at 11am. Furthermore, members of the Royal Canadian Legion wearing uniform are invited to visit event on November 11th at no charge.
We support the Okotoks Food Bank. Our two two main indoor events in 2016 helped raise over $30,000 for this fabulous local organisation, and we are proud to support them once again at this year's Christmas Festival. With this goal in mind, $1.00 FROM EACH ADMISSION AND 100% of proceeds from SANTA PHOTOs and Kids' Corner WILL BE DONATED TO THE OKOTOKS FOOD BANK at this event.
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VENDOR INFORMATION - Indoor COMPLETELY SOLD OUT; Outdoor 90% sold out.
** NO DISTRIBUTORS PLEASE **
MarketSquare's Christmas Festival is a curated event. We make sure that at least 170 out of the 175 vendors in attendance offer handmade, home grown and unique fair import items. We allow a maximum of five non-artisan type businesses in the show, and only if they are local and serving the community at large in some way. No distributors please.
REVIEW PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received, and will be confirmed ASAP. Applicants who submitted applications and cannot be accepted will be notified, and will be refunded in full.