Market to light up the night in Dresden
By Pam Wright
Journalist of the Local Journalism Initiative
The fifth annual Dresden Christmas Night Market is almost here and the excitement is building.
Morena McDonald, who is co-hosting the event with Tyler Ouellette, said the team is currently firming up details for what will likely be the biggest Christmas night market yet.
Now that COVID-19 regulations are relaxed, expansion is in order for the November 26 event.
“This year, without any restrictions, we are able to do the things that we wanted to do,” McDonald said, adding, “There will be a little more space this year,” allowing for more vendors and food trucks. .
And there can be more glitz and glamour. The Night Market has teamed up with Dresden Shines to purchase a giant new Christmas tree. Volunteers were expected to be out in force on weekends to brighten up the town with lights and decorations.
According to McDonald, two new opportunities have been added to this year’s event. A 50-50 raffle will take place and the proceeds will be split between four groups of young people, including the Dresden Sidestreets Youth Center and the Blenheim Youth Centre. Tilbury Solid Rock Cafe and Big Brothers, Big Sisters Chatham-Kent.
“We are non-profit and wanted to focus on giving back to youth in the community,” she added.
Those wishing to purchase 50/50 tickets can do so at the market or online at http://www.big5050foryouth.ca. Early bird prices are available.
Photos with Santa is another new fundraiser. The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation will have different photo settings available, and attendees – whether family or child – will be able to receive a digital photo by email in exchange for a small donation.
Live music and entertainment will return to the pop-up bar, featuring beer from three craft breweries and wine from the Dresden Legion. Participating companies include Sons of Kent, Natterjack Brewing Company of West Lorne and Black Gold Brewery of Petrolia.
Those planning to grab a drink are encouraged to reuse the cups that were given out at the pop-up summer bar.
“We want to instill environmental sustainability,” McDonald noted. “We really want people to bring their cups back and use them again.”
The market is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.