About
This European-inspired outdoor holiday market is held annually on unceded Algonquin territory in Wakefield, Quebec. Founded in 2013 and held for one day only in early December each year, the market brings together 70 vendors and thousands of participants to buy local, handcrafted arts, crafts, food and drink; celebrate local talent; build community; and share holiday magic with friends and neighbours.


Accessibility
Everyone is welcome! Wheelchair accessible parking and accessible bathrooms (with change tables for babies) are available at Centre Wakefield La Pêche. The Centre is located on one floor, with no steps. The outdoor market is all on one level; accessibility for strollers, wheelchairs and other mobility aids may be compromised if the field is covered in snow or mud. The market is loud and crowded and may be challenging for people with sensory sensitivities.

We suggest you bring the following to the market:

  • Warm winter attire
  • Cloth shopping bag
  • Cash (in lieu of an ATM, cash back is available at the front desk of Centre Wakefield La Pêche); many but not all vendors accept credit cards via Square
  • Toy (to donate to Toy Mountain)
  • Canned food (to donate to the food bank)


Parking

  • Walk, bike, or carpool if possible
  • Parking is available at Centre Wakefield La Pêche
  • Overflow parking is available up the hill from the Centre, on the other side of the round about, at Gatineau Park Parking Lot 17
  • Free shuttle service is available from P17 to Centre Wakefield La Pêche
    • ​P17-Centre: Shuttles run every 30 minutes from 1:30-7pm (leaves every hour on the :00 and :30)
    • Centre-P17: Shuttles run every 30 minutes from 1:45-7:15pm (leaves every hour on the :15 and :45)
    •  Each shuttle passenger will receive a coupon for a free hot chocolate, redeemable at the Market Bar located inside the Community Centry in the Salon.


Activities

  • Santa photos, face painting, and children's crafts inside the Community Centre 
  • Eat a late lunch, snacks, and/or dinner
  • Grab a hot chocolate, mug of mulled wine, or enjoy a frosty Beau’s beer
  • Purchase last minute holiday gifts
  • Stock up on holiday groceries
  • Warm yourself or roast a marshmallow around the bonfires
  • Check out local talent in the heated music tent
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Warm up in the library and take part in a Human Rights Day letter writing activity
  • Chat with your local elected officials at their market stall 


Schedule

  • 2-7pm: Outdoor holiday market with over 70 vendors
  • 2-7pm: Bonfires and smore making
  • 2-7pm: Amnesty International Human Rights Day activity
  • 2-5pm: Face painting and children's crafts
  • 2:30-6pm: Live music
  • 3-5pm: Santa photos ($10)
  • 3-6pm: Horse drawn carriage rides ($)


Entertainment line-up

  • 2pm: Official market opening and tree lighting with Bridget Tolley of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabe, La Pêche Mayor Guillaume Lamoureux, MNA and Québec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée, and MP William Amos  
  • 2:30pm: Pickachune (Matt Selic, Eva Vanderberg, Pat Maher) Lively traditional music
  • 3:00pm: Wakefield Elementary School Choir, with Mme Doucet
  • 3:30pm: Sweet Kate (Deborah Thomson, Stephanie Hill, Yvonne Wynen, Tina Therrien) Top hits from from the 1900’s, a capella
  • 3:45pm: CAROL SING: Come sing along to some of your favourites with our favourite,  Phil Jenkins
  • 4:30pm: Song Kitchen Choir with Chris MacLean
  • 5:00pm: How’s Your Hair (Rob McCart, Jill Rick): Irreverant Gatineau Hills Country
  • 5:30pm: Michel-André Vallières, a bilingual folk-singer who plays guitar and harmonica covering pop and folk music from 1975 to today
  • 6:00pm: Fieldville String Band (Denis Drouin, Joe Hawkins, Tina Therrien, Matt Selic)


Acknowledgements
The market is 100% organized and operated by volunteers and would not be possible without the hard work of: Jess Harris, Jackie Hansen, Cathy Grant, Lindsay Farley, Will Lockhart, Tina Therrian, Michael Kinghorn, Dave Bradley, Jennifer Bennett and everyone who volunteers their time on market day.​


We are grateful to Craft Collective, Sentiers Wakefield Trails, Leilak Anderson Tree Service, Brian Lauzon, Wakefield Mill, RONA Quincaillerie Chelsea, Centre Wakefield La Pêche, and all the local businesses who have provided in kind contributions of materials and supplies--the market would not be possible without your contributions.


Join the magic