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Holiday cheer is in the air as Jean-Talon opens first Christmas market

A stall at the Jean-Talon Christmas Market. Friday December 4th, 2020. Gloria Henriquez / Global News

Holiday cheer was in the air at the Jean-Talon Market on Friday, as its first Christmas market opened to the public.

The market is set up to look like a small Christmas village, with 10 local merchants offering their wares in chalet-style stalls.

Vendors include artisanal soaps, foie gras and duck products, handmade jewelry, maple syrup products and Quebec-grown dried fine herbs.

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“I’m excited to have the first edition here,” said the market’s interim director, Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet.

“It’s a good way to discover new products, to shop locally and to give small gifts to your loved ones.”

There are also food stalls offering crepes and waffles and a food truck with hot chocolate and Christmas sangria.

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With COVID-19, several hygiene measures are in place.

A hand sanitizer station is set up at the entrance, face masks are required and each stall has a plastic film separating merchants from customers.

It’s also set up outdoors, which helps keep the risk of transmission low.

“In Jean-Talon market, we needed a Christmas market,” said Patrick Lauzon, the owner of Chacun son arôme, a fine herbs producer.

“We are really happy to have it in here.”

The Jean-Talon Christmas market opened for the first time on Friday, December 4th, 2020. Gloria Henriquez

Organizers hope this year’s Christmas market will be the first of many.

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“We’re confident it will be a new tradition here, so it will only grow next year,” said Fabien-Ouellet.

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The market is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 23.

It will also open on Dec. 21, 22 and 23.

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