Friday, December 20, 2019


The Ottawa farmer's market has done a Christmas market at Lansdowne Park for years, based out of Aberdeen Pavilion. This year there's been an addition outside the building, in the form of a European style Christmas market. I took these first shots on the opening night of the event.

Music was to be found inside and outside the Pavilion.

Outside stands a Christmas tree, lit up with white lights.

And to the north of the building are the chalets in the European style. For those in the area, this event wraps up this weekend, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The farmer's market itself takes place during the day on Saturday and Sunday before taking a break over the holidays. 

I took these shots on another day, when I was in before the outdoor market opened. In addition to the food vendors here, there are gifts being sold, such as these wooden toys.

And seasonal delicacies.

The market gets busier as the day goes along. For me the most convenient time to visit is when it first opens. The market vendors are almost entirely local, and have to sell their own product. There is no reselling here that can be seen at other markets. More from here tomorrow.


  1. I'd say Christmas has arrived there. And I love your new header

  2. It looks like a Christmas market to me. Beautiful.

  3. It really looks like our Christmas markets ! We have the same tree standing in front of the church and the half of the electricity broke and you only saw the not even half of the tree ! Was really funny !

  4. ...what a fun and festive place to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas!

  5. I like your fifth photo of that christmas tree with red building in the backdrop.

  6. geweldig wat een sfeer het lijkt mij prachtig om daar te zijn.

  7. Very festive with all the lights!

  8. If I am there, I too would be tempted to shop. Beautiful lights and festive decorations.

  9. I want desperately to go to Europe for the Christmas markets but now I see there might be one a LITTLE closer to home!

  10. @MB: thank you.

    @John: it appears to be doing well.

    @Iris: it was a good idea.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Gattina: oops!

    @Ella: I've visited a couple of times now.

    @Tom: that it certainly is.

    @Marianne: very much so.

    @Jan: so do I.

    @Anvilcloud: it is.

    @Bas: thank you.

    @Marleen: that it is.

    @Nancy: definitely!

    @Jeanie: a little closer indeed.

  11. What a wonderful market! Thank you for the lovely pictures so I can enjoy it too. :-)

  12. The crowds on opening night look huge!

  13. If it's a good market many people will shop.

  14. Great looking market and pretty lights! Oh fresh food sold by vendors who make it, is the best!

  15. We don't do anything like this here and I wish we would. I think it would be fun to walk through these markets.

  16. How wonderful ~ very festive photos for the Holidays ^-^

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

  17. Wow! (And I hate your new header. ;^/)

  18. It looks like a fantastic place to be. the Christmas tree is very impressive.

  19. @DJan: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: it was quite a crowd that night.

    @Red: from what I can tell the concept has had a good reception.

    @Barbara: that's true.

    @Sharon: I like it.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Marie: I've wandered here more than once over the course of the season.

    @Catalyst: but winter is the very best season! :)

    @Bill: it is well put together, that tree.

  20. Great photos! It all looks very festive.

  21. Love all the bright lights! And Santa has a throne - it is usually just a chair here.
    I like those wooden toys, too.
    Merry Christmas!

  22. I've always wanted to be able to play the bassoon.

  23. Reselling, the bane of real artists of every kind, including growers of real food.

  24. How wonderful that you have a winter market.

  25. This looks festive...and busy!

  26. Love all the lights outside. One of the best part of Christmas,

  27. every year i think i am going to suggest to go to a Christmas concert and i never think of it, til it is too late. oh well .. maybe next year??! we will see?? ( ;

  28. It does look fun and festive :)

    All the best Jan