Sunday, December 23, 2018


A large Christmas tree is set up each year in front of the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park, lit up in the evenings with white lights.

Over on the north side of the building stands Aberdeen Square. From the end of April into early November, the farmers market is held out here on Sundays. This time of year it's inside the Pavilion. At present, a few photo op items like this sign are out here. There are plans for next year to have a European style Christmas market here in the square.

This view looks at the north side of the Pavilion.

And here we see it again in daytime. Today is the final day of the weekend Christmas farmers market inside the Pavilion. I have been several times, as the market switches to both weekend days for the duration. The regular food vendors are joined by artisans inside.

Christmas wreaths caught my eye.

It's been regularly quite busy inside. The Pavilion, sometimes called the Cattle Castle from its days as an exhibition hall for the Central Canada Exhibition (an event that no longer happens here), dates to 1898 and sees use regularly. It is the oldest surviving venue in which a Stanley Cup has been contested- in 1904, games of the series were played here. It is named for Lord Aberdeen, who was Governor General at the time. Extensive restoration work was done in the 1990s.

One of the regular vendors makes pasties, both take home and eat here at the Market.

One of the vendors I regularly stop at each week does meals ready to eat and baked goods. Here are some of their wares.

An artisan present this year has specialized in wooden toys for younger ones, as well as birdhouses.

Dogs are in and out with their humans, and I'll have more of them tomorrow. Here's one.

Knitted goods caught my eye, including these cats. We'll pick up with more from the Christmas market tomorrow.


  1. Wow William, a real sign of the times for me is the decoration # Xmas! And I love the wooden toys and of course the knitted cats. Happy festive season to you. Jo

  2. It looks a great venue, and the christmas tree is magnificent - wishing you happy days.

  3. The festive season makes everything look so wondrful.

  4. That tree is beautiful. A Europian Christmas market will be a nice addition to the season.

  5. ....a wonderful season of color and light, Merry Christmas William.

  6. Wonderful decorations. The Christmas tree is eye-catching!

  7. I am always a little confounded by the sheer amount of energy we consume at this time of year with all these Christmas lights, in an era when we are urged to conserve.

  8. i was thinking i love the decor but then the snow man showed up ... so cool!! ( ;
    i have a part of my Christmas lights that was totally out at the middle of the season - but now it is blinking?? how did it go from nothing working, i tried to replace a bulb blinking? makes me confused??!

  9. @Jo: thanks!

    @Rosemary: it is quite a market.

    @Bill: so do I.

    @Marianne: I agree.

    @Sharon: I think it's a good idea.

    @Tom: thanks!

    @Marleen: it is.

    @David: that is true.

    @Beth: the snowman is neat.

    @Francisco: thank you.

  10. Beautiful Xmas tree photo ~ lovely and elegant ~ fun photos of the market too ~

    Happy Holidays to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Christmas markets show what talented and creative people live around us.

  12. I love the first tree but the nuns who taught me in school would have a bit of an issue with the Xmas sign! ;-)

  13. Our final Farmers' Market of the year was yesterday. I almost went just to get pictures, but I didn't. So I'm glad to have yours. Those baked goods sure look tasty. I must be hungry. :-)

  14. The decorations in the first two shots are beautiful and I could use such a cute bird house in our garden.

  15. I really like the white lights and especially like the idea of a European-style Christmas market!

  16. Wow that is a huge tree. Looks like a great place to wander around in.

  17. Beautiful decorations especially the Christmas tree.

  18. @Carol: thanks!

    @Red: that's true.

    @RedPat: my experience with nuns is much more limited!

    @Sandi: thank you!

    @DJan: I went again this morning for a quick run through to get a few things. It was very busy.

    @Jan: I did like those birdhouses.

    @Lowell: I'm looking forward to seeing it unfold next year.

    @Happyone: it's a good sized tree, but not overdone, I think.

    @Bill: I agree!

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  20. That Christmas tree is rather magnificent.
    Merry Christmas Wishes.

    All the best Jan

  21. What a beautiful Christmas Tree ! Lovely.
    Wonderful. So nice that you are so close to this market.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

  22. #xmas I guess I should not be surprised. I wish you a Christmas full of #joy.

  23. Those shiny bright Pavilion lights are so festive!

  24. Your Christmas series really captures the mood of the season in Ottawa!

  25. @Gracita: thank you.

    @Jan: thanks.

    @Parsnip: thanks!

    @Joan: thank you.

    @Rosie: it is.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Jeanie: thanks!

    @Klara: thank you.