By Anna Smith
The end of November marks the beginning of the Foremost and District Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas giving campaign, and opens with a splash of holiday cheer in the Christmas Market.
“The Christmas market is an opportunity for our community and surrounding area to come together and support some of our home based businesses. Give them an outlet to share their wares as it were and gives the community an opportunity to come together and visit socially,” said Corinna Roth-Beacome, with the Chamber.
This event is also the kick-off for the Christmas Giving campaign, explained Roth-Beacome, and as such they are asking for donations to the local Christmas community hampers. People can bring food donations, or cash donations to be made towards our Christmas hampers, which are used to help local families in need.
The chamber initially took over the event in 2019, and planning for the event has gotten better and better each year.
“We have a really good support team at the chamber. Like we have a couple of volunteers that sit on the board and just kind of all pitch in so because we created it our own in 2019. It’s been pretty easy,” said Terri-lynn Arnal, with the Chamber. “Putting it all together, just advertising and stuff like that is the main priority. But yeah, we have a good group of board members that sit on and you know, they kind of chime in and we organize and we have everything all planned out. We actually get the formal school some of their grade 10 class will come out and help set up for the organization as well as our local 4H club. They come and help take the tables down for us, we’re a good, strong community that way.”
Energy is high in town, and the market already has 35 vendors, with registrations still open for those looking to sneak it at the last moment. Interested artisans are encouraged to call the Chamber for more information.
“There’s some unique creations that are there. I know that Foremost school, the grade 10 class has taken on an entrepreneurial venture, they will be there selling their coffee, they’re grinding coffee themselves,” said Roth-Beacome. “We have people with wood craft, crocheting, soap, baking, jewellery, makeup, spices. And just, you know, a great mix of variety as well as some service agencies with information on the different programming that they offer in the community will also be there. So I think it’s just a good blend of everything.”
The numbers are a little lower than previous years, as they are still recovering from the pandemic.
However, people are excited to be back, and the Chamber is sure that this will be a good year for anyone looking to bring home something special for their holiday shopping.
The market will run from 1 p.m. To 7 p.m. on November 24th, at the Foremost Community Hall.