Christmas Fairs and Markets

One of the things I like to do during the Christmas season is go to fairs and markets. I enjoy the festivities: the atmosphere, Christmas music, meeting friends, talking to venders and I believe in supporting local artisans and vendors.

Christmas Markets have been a tradition in Germany for hundreds of years. I have fond memories of going to the Christmas market in Stuttgart. Eighteen years ago, Kitchener started the annual German-style Christkindl Market. I go every year to celebrate this joyful season.

This year I went to Fair November twice. I tried on this designer coat from Deja Vu Design. So many amazing styles and colours, hard to make a decision but it’s on my wish list!

plaid and red coat

I bought this original hand-knitted stole by Olga Sara.

stole by Olga

Pennies are out of circulation in Canada, but this artisan makes unique jewellery using pennies. Now two cents are worth $25 (talk about inflation!) I bought earrings made with 1952 pennies (my birth year) and a copper ring.

copper jewelery

Fair November

I also enjoyed two Christmas bazaars, one at the centre where I work. I bought an eternity scarf (which looks like two scarves when wrapped around twice), part leopard–part lace. I bought a colourful bracelet made with tagua nuts from Ecuador. Tagua nuts can be coloured and carved for beads, buttons and jewellery, they are an excellent replacement for ivory, even being used in bagpipes.

The Christmas bells were ringing at the church where I bought a few gifts. Esenje is very knowledgeable about organic Shea butter and speaks with passion about her natural products which use fair trade Shea butter from Africa!

The sights and sounds of the Christkindl Market were delightful once again. My grandchildren were mesmerized by the fascinating train village.

 Only a few days till Christmas … are you ready?

Merry Christmas!!!



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13 Responses to Christmas Fairs and Markets

  1. Bob says:

    Now Carmen, you shall never be penniless.
    The designer coat….may your wish come true. (Many wishes do.)

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  2. Jess says:

    that looks like alot of fun. I love the red, black and white. The stole is beautiful , I would wear that right away, love the pairing withthe houndstooth and pretty red flower bag. I like these types of things to do to, but have trouble standing and walking to long. Looks like you enjoyed it, I wanted to wish you a Very Happy Holiday to you and your family!!
    and a Healthy and Happy New Year
    jess xx
    stop by when u can

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  3. Jan Graham-McMillen says:

    How fun! And how cute you look … great choices to wear out and about, shopping the holiday! Speaking of that … once more…. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all of it, sent with hopes that you have a wonderful time.

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  4. Maggie Li says:

    Enjoy looking at your market place shopping pictures , there are so many unique stuffs, love to shop with you next time . You got good taste , love everything you bought . I been busy babysitting for the last few days, can’t do much or go any where . Merry Christmas to you and your Family. Thanks for the video you make for me in Facebook .
    Your friend Maggie

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  5. Rebecca says:

    OMG thanks for sharing the festiveness of the season via these images of the lovely stuff in the market place. I’m also a sucker for places like these where you could find a lot of unique and interesting stuff – and you are looking so lovely as usual Carmen!!! Wishing you already a Merry Christmas!!


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  6. Dawn Lucy says:

    Looks like so much fun! Loving that penny jewelry!
    Dwan Lucy

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  7. utesmile says:

    That looks so fantastic. I would have found easily some new earrings and more…. Have a fabulous Christmas Carmen! With love and hugs Ute

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  8. The markets look fun! I love the tartan coat and your stole. I also love that there are ethical substitutions for ivory.

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  9. Ralph says:

    Glad you had fun in the markets Carmen. A very merry Christmas to you and your family 😀 ❤

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