Dresden transforms into the Christmas town of southwestern Ontario

The return of the Dresden Christmas Night Market and Dresden Shines sparked a massive collaboration.

As both follow and adapt to COVID-19 guidelines, residents, businesses and community groups are excited to come together again to celebrate the holiday season.

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So much so that a new slogan began to take hold: The Christmas Town of Southwestern Ontario.

At a recent Dresden Shines meeting, representatives of Dresden Night Market, Dresden Library, BIA, Rotary Club, Horticultural Society, Dresden Legion, IODE, from the Dresden Sidestreets Youth Center and the two schools came together to present their holiday plans and plans. that they could share ideas and resources.

“We have noticed over the past few years that volunteers, organizations and businesses offer unique events and activities during the holidays. With so much going on, it makes sense to collaborate rather than compete,” Dresden Shines board member Stuart Kiar said in a press release.

Several other groups are part of the collaborative effort, including the Dresden Kinsmen, Dresden Ministerial Association, Dresden Agricultural Society, local firefighters and individuals, and many others.

“The Dresden community has been so amazing. While this year’s Christmas Night Market is a little different from past events, community groups and volunteers have truly come together to provide attendees with a unique, city-wide holiday experience throughout the festive season,” said Moréna McDonald, co-organizer of the Dresden Night Market.

The Nov. 27 event will feature local craft vendors, food trucks, Christmas music, lights, and special guests.

Residents are encouraged to shop at downtown businesses, drive around the Dresden area and visit the light displays on the Dresden Shines Illumination Tour, stroll the Library History Trail and the medieval gardens and have a drink at the Legion.

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While the Christmas Night Market is a one-day event, the holiday festivities continue with the Dresden Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade on December 11 and downtown Open Late ’til 8 events every Thursday evening until to December 23.

Downtown smart lights and displays throughout the city and surrounding areas will continue to illuminate Dresden until January 1.

“While we organize many events and activities in Dresden, we also support local food drives, provide decoration assistance to those in need and reach out to migrant workers during the holidays. After nearly two years, we hope to make Christmas a little happier for everyone,” Dresden Shines board member Liz Kominek said in a press release.

Members of the media and local community are invited to a Dresden Shines launch ceremony on Thursday, November 25 at 7 p.m. in downtown Dresden in front of the Municipal Building.

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