Kick off the holiday season with the second annual Stouffville Holiday Market, which returns with a local artisan vendor marketplace, lighting displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa Claus and live musical entertainment.
“The Stouffville Holiday Market is a new tradition that I’m proud to see become a hallmark event in our community,” says Mayor Iain Lovatt. “This event provides an incredible opportunity to showcase Stouffville as a destination for family fun and seasonal charm, giving both residents and visitors alike the chance to feel the magic of the holidays like never before.”
The market will transform Main Street, 19 on the Park and Memorial Park on Friday, Nov. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26 from 2 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Discover more vendors inside at 19 on the Park with Latcham Art Centre’s Beyond Craft Sale, which begins Thursday, Nov. 24 and continues through the weekend.
The tree-lighting ceremony takes place Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street in front of the clock tower at 19 on the Park. Meander down Main Street that evening and enjoy activations, live ice-carving demonstrations and roaming holiday entertainers, including a singalong with Elsa and Anna from Disney’s popular Frozen movies.
Memorial Park at the Bandshell welcomes live entertainment. On Friday, storyteller, singer-songwriter and performer, and three-time Juno Award nominee Don Amero hits the stage at 7:30 p.m., followed by Juno Award-winning trio the Good Lovelies at 8:30 p.m. The Good Lovelies have studio albums, two Christmas collections, two EPs, a live album and a No. 1 single.
On Saturday, Preston Pablo takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. and delivers a fresh perspective on R&B and pop through live instrumentation and song writing, including singles like Don’t Break (My Soul) and Flowers Need Rain. He has racked up 20 million streams independently. Juno Award winner Shawn Hook performs at 8:30 p.m. His accolades include the Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour Award and multiple double-platinum singles, such as Sound of Your Heart and Reminding Me featuring Vanessa Hudgens.
The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville received $900,000 from the federal government’s Tourism Relief Fund through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). About $27,000 of the funding is going towards the Holiday Market. The market’s Presenting Sponsor is StateView Homes, while telMAX is the Diamond Sponsor and Holiday Tree Sponsor.
Photo of the inaugural Holiday Market courtesy of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.