The Christmas night market brings out the charm of a small town in Dresden

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Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of downtown Dresden to shop from vendors and take part in holiday experiences on November 26.

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The Dresden Christmas Night Market will return from 3-8 p.m. Organizer Morena McDonald said that in the absence of public health mandates, they can make better use of the area.

“Last year we had to space things out, which is hard. Downtown is so big,” said McDonald, who is planning the event with four other friends.

“Now we are able to return to the type of layout we originally wanted. We can also have more suppliers in the space because that’s what matters. Otherwise we have more areas where people can take pictures.

McDonald, who runs 519 Events & Promotions, said Dresden’s small-town charm seems to be one of the draws for people outside the region.

“Hallmark movies or Christmas movies, they tend to romanticize small towns and show off the charm and I think we’re able to emulate some of that because we’re in a small town,” he said. she declared. “Dresden, like many small towns, has a historic city center where the buildings are older.”

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Organizers are also trying to create a positive holiday-themed atmosphere, McDonald said, while giving visitors low expectations.

“We really want to give them an experience,” she said. “I think that’s part of it. Invited, they look forward to being surprised in some way.

The Night Market team has worked with the community group Dresden Shines for the second year to make Dresden the city of Christmas during the holidays. They have invested in a large reusable tree facility near the town hall.

The tree will have smart lights meaning they can be programmed with different colors and patterns.

As part of Christmas Town, merchants in downtown Dresden will open their shops until 8 p.m. on Thursday and there will be other activities and celebrations in the area.

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Associated events include the Illumination Tour, Neighborhood Cup, Dresden Library

activities, IODE House Tour and the Dresden Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade.

The night market will also hold two fundraisers this year. For a $3 donation, a photographer will take photos of visitors with Santa Claus and send a link to professional quality images after the event. Proceeds will go to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation.

Additionally, a 50/50 draw will be held in support of four youth organizations – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent, Dresden Sidestreets Youth Centre, Blenheim Youth Center and Tilbury Solid Rock Café Youth Centre. Tickets can be purchased at the market or at

McDonald said many people worked behind the scenes at the event.

“We’re not a big company or an out-of-town company planning this event,” she said. “We’re just a group of five friends from Chatham-Kent who just want to do something cool for the community and we’re all volunteers.”

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