Nothing signals Christmas shopping season like the stream of holiday bazaars which spring up early in November. The Holly Berry Bazaar at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Waterdown was one of the first this year on November 9th and 10th. Visitors shopped at a massive penny sale and bought delicious preserves and baked goods. There was a large selection of handmade crafts, a Christmas room, books for sale and a Forgotten Treasures room.
Each bazaar venue has its own unique style but all of them provide a pleasant atmosphere to begin hunting down a favourite Christmas centrepiece or stocking stuffers. At the Mistletoe Mart at Port Nelson United Church, the 68th annual bazaar featured a huge assortment of artisans’ crafts, gently used treasures, jewellery, and baked goods for sale. Many shoppers relaxed to enjoy hot soup and sandwiches in the Candy Cane Cafe. On the same weekend, St Gabriel’s Church, St Paul’s Church, and Knox Presbyterian all welcomed the public in to browse.
Each November, numerous bazaars, too many to mention, spring up all over the city, beckoning all into the Christmas spirit.