December 3, 2021

By: Emilie Lapointe

Now that the town is lightly coated with the first couple of December snowfalls, it’s time to start planning for the holiday season! And what better way to kick it off than with a visit to Kerr Village for their 27th annual Holiday Fest.

The event will take place today (December 3rd) and tomorrow (December 4th) in Westwood Park, nestled centrally in Oakville’s eclectic Kerr Village. There will be a pop-up holiday artisan market and family-friendly live musical entertainment on both days to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

The event is free but attendees must register here to get a ticket to present upon entry.

Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy musical performances from the Jim Cuddy Band, Freedom Train, AbbaMania, Night Fever and more! As a massive ABBA fan, very little fills me with more joy than imagining myself eating cookies and dancing to Lay All Your Love On Me in the snow at a holiday market.

Visitors can also enjoy a visit on Saturday afternoon with Santa, Mrs. Clause and his elves before they head back to the North Pole to prepare for the busy toy-making season. Rumour has it, beloved Disney characters Olaf and Elsa will also make an appearance on Saturday afternoon. After telling Santa your wish, make sure to stick around for the tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

For a full breakdown of the event and the performers take a look at the schedule outlined here on the Kerr Village BIA website.

While the Kerr Village BIA has been hosting this tree lighting event for 27 years, the event has found a new home in Westwood Park. A magnificent Christmas tree was planted a couple of years ago to be used as a Christmas beacon for years to come.

Though there will be an ATM on site, it never hurts to bring enough cash for all of your shopping and snacking needs. Take a look at the comprehensive list below of vendors that will be featured in the market:

Shop ‘til you drop

  1. Claymore Ceramics Inc. – A small production local potter who specializes in functional, food-safe items. This potter also offers classes for those looking to learn
  2. Clea’s Gallery – Provides custom framing, repairs, art and gift sales. Clea, the owner, has been a professional custom framer for over 20 years!
  3. Get it While It’s Hot – Step right up and get your hot sauces and BBQ rubs here! Stock up to make sure you have well seasoned Christmas turkeys and hams this year
  4. Lina Cooke Art – Lina is a local artist who specializes in palette knife pieces that exhibit her love for nature, architecture and animals
  5. Locke’s Supply Co. – As their motto states, level up your home bar game and pick up a cocktail kit from Russian Reindeer to Christmas in July to celebrate this season
  6. Moongirl Miniatures – Let’s play a game: think of a random item, shrink it and you’ve got Moongirl Miniatures. From Krispy Kreme boxes for your Barbie to The North Pole News for your Elf on a Shelf, she’ got you covered!
  7. Moose River Preserves – No holiday market is complete without a jam and preserves vendor. Try out their Cranberry Sage Chutney as a way to level up your cranberry sauce offering this Christmas dinner
  8. Olive-Me & Co. – The first tasting room of its kind in Ontario. Check this vendor out to find the perfect olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar for your next meal
  9. Passione Foods – This specialty grocer has introduced their project Il Convento. It features delicious Italian meals cooked by you in their classes that are perfect for couples or families looking for unique gifts this year
  10. Paws Love Pet Food – This Kerr Village pet shop will be set up in the market to make sure your dogs and cats also get a delicious Christmas meal
  11. River Birch Macrame – A home décor brand that will help you level up your interiors with unique pieces handmade with care in Ontario
  12. She’s Got Leggz – Looking for some comfy, holiday-themed bottoms to watch Hallmark movies in? Check out this vendor to see their holiday patterns!
  13. Soapfistication – This brand is serving not only puns, but also small-batch handcrafted soaps, bath and body products
  14. Sufi Naturals – For all your plant-based clean beauty needs with ingredients like hibiscus, tumeric, charcoal and spirulina. Support local and your self-care needs this season all at once!
  15. Wood. by Julia – If you ask me, every holiday gathering needs a grazing board filled with artisanal cheeses. This vendor sells handcrafted charcuterie boards to suit your hosting needs
  16. Y-Knot Wood – Add some warm handcrafted touches to you holiday décor with items from this wood turner like bowls, shaving kits, decorative mushrooms and salt and pepper mills

Get your grub on

  1. Nabulu Coffee – This adorable mobile coffee trailer features brews that have been roasted by Brothers’ Coffee Roasters in Oakville. This trailer combines a love of coffee, sustainability and elephants, as it’s named after a Kenyan elephant adopted by the company
  2. The Sweetest Thing – No, I’m not talking about the 2002 Cameron Diaz rom-com, this is a Kerr Village bakery staple! Everything is baked from scratch and in-house. Come hungry because I guarantee you won’t be able to just pick one baked good
  3. Boffo’s – This Kerr Village deli shop has recently released their Christmas menu on their website, so prepare to eat some delicious holiday fare
  4. Majestic Wine Cellars – My French girl may be showing here, but is any event really complete without wine?
  5. Moosehead Breweries – Kick back with a beer and enjoy the musical performers for the perfect, chill evening
  6. Sandwich Society – This is our Best Sandwich Talk of the Town Award-winner for a reason. Close your eyes and take a bite out of their homemade Focaccia sandwiches and you’ll swear you’re in a Christmas market in Florence
  7. The Mermaid – Lobster rolls? Say no more!

Both today and tomorrow will be packed with fun performances and Christmas cheer at the market, so make sure to register for the event and head over to infuse some holiday spirit into your weekend. Tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter in any of the snaps you take with Santa!

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