The historic Simmons building in East Village was transformed into a Christmas bazaar for the second annual Elves in the Village Christmas Market Dec. 1-2. A total of 35 vendors and three food trucks treated Calgarians to a unique shopping experience in the new inner city community.
Admission to the event was by donation towards the Heartland Agency, a non-profit organization providing educational programs for children.
A table of complimentary cookies and hot chocolate were set up by the door beside the draw to enter to win a $250 gift certificate to Blue Grass Christmas Centre.
The Simmons Building was open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, as Calgarians filed in to have a look at the variety of displays from local vendors.
There was something there for everyone, with tables of crafts, vintage apparel, alpaca wool products, art pieces, baked goods, music, jewelry, cheese making kits and holiday wreaths, to name just a few.
Shoppers who were looking to get some of their Christmas shopping done were not disappointed since there was such a huge selection for people to choose from.
Although the venue was smaller than other Christmas markets around the city, the Simmons building still saw quite a few people turn up despite the cold weather.
The filled house of crafters and artisans offered items such as organic body lotions, Poofs Potpourrie’s vintage Christmas ornaments and Make Cheese’s popular cheese-making kits.
The Mini-Maker Faire booth drew a steady crowd of onlookers, curious to watch the famous 3-D printer construct neon tree decorations and to enter a draw to win the unique machine.
The market was a place to showcase the skills of local artists, crafters, bakers and designers to people who haven’t really had a chance to check out their work.
“It’s incredible the type of talent these markets bring,” said Bryan Duong, one of the shoppers at the market.
The Christmas market also featured Sticky Ricky’s, Fiasco Gelato and 500 Cucina who served up warm hot chocolate and culinary dishes to hungry Calgarians.
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