Grey Cup celebration continues at Christmas Market tree lighting

Grey Cup celebration continues at Christmas Market tree lighting

December 5th, 2016

Grey Cup celebration continues at Christmas Market tree lighting

Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Brendan Gillanders shared the Grey Cup with kids, including excited four-year-old Abrahim Darwish, at the Christmas Market tree lighting in front of the Aberdeen Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.  The Ottawa Redblacks have already given long-suffering football fans exactly what they wanted with the city’s first Canadian Football League championship in 40 years.  But they kept on giving on Friday evening, bringing the Grey Cup to the tree lighting outside the Aberdeen Pavilion as the Lansdowne Christmas Market opened.

The holiday market will run for the next three weekends, on Fridays from 3 p.m. until 8, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The market is to feature more than 100 local food vendors, plus arts and crafts.

Grey Cup celebration continues at Christmas Market tree lighting 2With the help of Santa, a Grey Cup and an Ottawa Redblack, a massive Christmas tree was lit up in front of the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park, where the Christmas Market opened.

 

 

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               Jane Hendrikx, from Meadow Greens Nursery, works on some of her Christmas wreaths and arrangements.

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Paul Helm, from Savoury Pursuits, displays some homemade baked goods and pies.

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Jane Hendrikx, from Meadow Greens Nursery, works on some of her Christmas wreaths and arrangements made of pine, spruce, cedar and balsam.

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Stalls, with everything from jams and pies to homemade knick-knacks and wreaths, line the large Christmas Market.

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Shoppers browse at the large Christmas Market, now open at the Lansdowne Park’s Aberdeen Pavilion.

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                      Santa himself was even on hand for the tree lighting.

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A youth choir sings on Friday evening.

 

Courtesy of  The Ottawa Citizen, Julie Oliver

 Published on: December 2, 2016.