The popular Ottawa Farmers’ Christmas Market makes a return to the beautiful and rustic Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park on Sunday November 30 at 9:00 a.m.
Fondly known as the “cattle castle”, Aberdeen Pavilion’s past as an agricultural exhibition hall makes it the perfect home for exhibiting the fresh produce, meats, cheeses and Christmas wares of more than 100 local vendors from Ottawa and the area.
The Ottawa Farmers’ Market, which began in 2006 at Lansdowne Park, will return to its historic home at the Victorian era Aberdeen Pavilion after three bustling seasons at Brewer Park.
“It is the perfect time for our homecoming. While Brewer Park has allowed our market to grow, returning to Lansdowne provides year-round opportunities for local producers and our customers,” says Andy Terauds, President of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Association. “Coming home for the holidays makes our return all the more festive.”
One of the best ways to shop for the holidays – the Christmas Markets provide delicious and locally prepared foods for entertaining, great produce for holiday meals, and thoughtful gift ideas from juried arts and crafts vendors, all in one location. The large exhibition centre allows the Ottawa Farmers’ Market to extend an invitation to existing vendors of other farmers’ markets in the area, making it the largest show to buy local in the area.
The Christmas Markets will take place on three consecutive weekends starting with the grand opening on Sunday, November 30, followed by markets on both Saturday and Sunday, December 6, 7 and 13, 14 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. On November 30 at 10:30 am, the market will host its traditional burlap ‘ribbon’ cutting ceremony to mark the occasion, followed by hot apple cider and holiday desserts.
Customers can park in the underground parking at Lansdowne or at Brewer Park, or Carleton University (for a daily fee of $3.00), and board a free shuttle bus for door-to-door service to the Aberdeen Pavilion between 7:30am to 6:30pm. Shuttles will depart every 20-30 minutes from either location, excluding 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm. Admission is free.