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Christmas market a ‘success’ for vendors despite cold weather


The Victorian Christmas Market, organized by Discover Charlottetown, was a three-day event starting on Friday, Nov. 24, and ending on Sunday, Nov. 26. The market brought vendors from all over P.E.I. to downtown Charlottetown.
The Victorian Christmas Market, organized by Discover Charlottetown, was a three-day event starting on Friday, Nov. 24, and ending on Sunday, Nov. 26. The market brought vendors from all over P.E.I. to downtown Charlottetown. Photo by Ezra Santana.

The lower end of Queen Street is bustling.

It’s freezing cold, and people shiver as the wind blows.

Vendors busy themselves interacting with the visitors while bundling up behind their stands.

A few are selling hot chocolate, a popular choice for the afternoon of the Victorian Christmas Market.

The three-day event ran from Friday, Nov. 24, to Sunday, Nov. 26, and included detailed seasonal decorations, live Christmas music and even horse and wagon rides.

Leaning on her chair behind her stall is Jennifer Thistle. Her booth is full of knit and crochet items, including hats, ear warmers, cowls and decorations.

“The Victorian Christmas Market is very cold and exhausting. That being said, the cold weather really boosted my hat sales."

Thistle loves interacting with customers and hopes the season will help her business.

“I hope to come close to selling out of my knit wear.”

She sells her items through Instagram and at Red Island Handcrafted in Charlottetown.

“This was my first time doing the market and the cold actually really made it worth it because so many people didn’t dress for the weather and bought my hats to wear right away.”

Thistle is sharing her stall with Natasha MacDonald, owner of Glitter Ghost Shop.

Natasha MacDonald, owner of Glitter Ghost Shop, said the Victorian Christmas Market was a success for her business even though she was in the cold for hours.
Natasha MacDonald, owner of Glitter Ghost Shop, said the Victorian Christmas Market was a success for her business even though she was in the cold for hours. Photo by Ezra Santana.

MacDonald has been a participating vendor in many markets, including this summer’s Downtown Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market.

She also sells a few crochet items, including Santa pet hats and candy cane hair clips.

“It always slows down a bit in the fall and then picks up again for Christmas. I did Hal-Con at the end of October and that’s always a really good one for me so… it’s been nice, a nice little break from the summer."

She said she will take a break once she’s done with the Christmas markets.

“Then I think I’ll start trying to sell some crochet patterns in the winter.”

MacDonald enjoys markets like this because they give her a reason to get out of her home.

“I don’t like winter very much, so it’s nice to get out and just have a reason to do something,"

She said the Victorian Christmas Market has been a success despite the cold.

“This one has been good. Yesterday was brutally cold, but, besides that, it’s been nice and busy, and people are buying and they’re in the holiday spirit.”


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