Two Montreal markets are turning into Christmas villages this winter

Nov 13 2020, 10:11 am

As if Montreal’s public markets aren’t already magical enough, a little bit of festive cheer is returning to the Atwater Market and coming to the Jean-Talon Market for the first time.

Atwater’s Village de NoĂ«l returns to the outskirts of the market for the fifth annual Christmas Village, featuring 30 thematic stalls showcasing all kinds of local products and Montreal-area shops.

“This year’s layout will allow for ample physical distance between visitors, who will find a winter wonderland where they can relax for a while or enjoy the creations of local artisans,” says Les MarchĂ©s publics de MontrĂ©al in an email shared with Daily Hive. “The friendly and festive atmosphere will extend into the Christmas tree vendors’ area, which will open at the end of the month.”

The Village de Noël at the Atwater Market opens to the public on Thursday, November 26 and will remain open until December 20.

The Christmas market will be open on weekends from 5 pm to 10 pm on Fridays and 11 am to 7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The first annual Jean-Talon Christmas market will offer sweet treats, Christmas products, and a gourmet food zone, all while following public health guidelines.

“There will be countless creations by local artisans, ready to fill Montrealers’ Christmas stockings. And the Christmas tree vendors, who will open in late November, will guarantee a thoroughly festive atmosphere,” says Les MarchĂ©s publics de MontrĂ©al.

“These Christmas markets are another great reason to visit our public markets this winter. They’re an excellent way to keep supporting our independent merchants, and to be part of the buy-local movement,” said Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, interim executive director of MarchĂ©s publics de MontrĂ©al.

The Jean-Talon Christmas market opens on December 4 until December 23 on Fridays from noon to 6 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. During the last three weekdays before Christmas Eve (December 21 to 23), the market will be open from 9 am to 6 pm for those last-minute shoppers.

Both public markets, which opened in 1933, will continue to host its usual vendors, the ideal spot to grab everything from baked goods, cheese, meat, vegetables, fruits, winter gear, and of course, alcohol.

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