October 20th, 2020

Weather can’t slow trade show

By Bobinec, Greg on December 2, 2019.

Herald photo by Greg Bobinec
Families shop through dozens of vendors for all of their holiday shopping needs during the annual Big Christmas Market at Exhibition Park Saturday afternoon. @GBobinecHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


Exhibition Park was taken over by Christmas on the weekend, as the annual Big Christmas Trade Show and Farmers’ Market put up their stands and welcomed the community.

Throughout the weekend, Exhibition Park saw over 8,000 people walk through their pavilions as thousands started their holiday and personal shopping for the season. Exhibitors from all over offered a wide variety of items, from handmade gifts, to unique display items for people to take home.

“We are having our annual Christmas Craft Show and Farmers’ Market, so we have just over 300 vendors with a lot of fun stuff going on,” says Jackie French, Event and Entertainment Supervisor, Exhibition Park. “There are exhibitors from all over Alberta and outside of Alberta that have come a long way in this rotten weather.

“It has been a very busy day so far, there is a lot of unique items this year, a lot of handmade stuff, a lot of unique creations that you won’t find in Lethbridge, as they come from outside of the city which is nice, there is a lot of Christmas ideas and presents.”

The busy weekend brought a lot of entertainment for people to take in while at the trade show, such as crafting with princesses, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, writing their Christmas letter to Santa, and people also had the opportunity to enter for door prizes from Santa’s packed sleigh.

“We also have some other fun stuff going on, we have cookie decorating and crafts with Cinderella, and we also have Santa and Mrs. Claus, a live nativity and Christmas caroling throughout the day,” says French. “It has been really busy which is surprising and great, because the weather isn’t great so we are happy to have all of these people.”

The Big Christmas Trade Show and Farmers’ Market doesn’t just get its name from the large amount of people that attend the annual event, but also for being the largest market Exhibition Park puts on, as well as the city. Every year the trade show has grown and spread throughout all of the pavilions, with last year being the first year they have taken over the whole pavilion grounds. French says there are so many different options for gifts at the trade show, that everyone should find something for a loved one or for themselves.

“It is our largest, we grew last year into the main pavilion, it used to be just in two pavilions but now it is in three, it has grown to be a huge craft show and I think it is the biggest in the city,” says French.

“There is a ton of great gift ideas for presents or gifts for yourself, there is lots of baking here so if you don’t have time to do baking this year for Christmas, there is chocolates, caramels, lots of goodies and tons of homemade baking which is always good to take advantage of if you don’t have the time.”

From the homemade goodies to the unique personal items, thousands of people were able to get a one-stop-shopping experience to clear off their holiday shopping lists as the Big Christmas Trade Show and Farmers’ Market closed for another year.

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