Corona Virus 2019 and The 2020 Westward Christmas Market Update, August 2020
The vendor application date has been postponed until the first week of September.
There are still a few details that need to be ironed out and we want to provide the best experience possible.
Unfortunately, this will mean a delay in our date as we work with Alberta Health Service and the Alberta Government guidelines.
Please, be patient with us, as we work to keep everyone safe at our market.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our vendors.
Covid-2019 and the 2020 Westward Christmas Market
With the government slowly opening up the economy in stages,
we are hoping that the 2020 market will take place, as planned, on November 14/15th.
Registration this year will be different than in years past.
Normally, vendors come to the Westward Community Centre to apply.
This year we will be doing online and snail mail registrations.
In August, we will release a vendor form on our website.
You may email or snail mail your application to the office.
Sending in this application will NOT guarantee that you are in the market.
We will be asking vendors to attach photos of their items for sale,
as well as, photos of what their display looks like.
If you have never done a market before, that is okay.
We will ask that you do up a mock table of what you hope to have your display look like.
More information will become available, once the application form is released.
We hope that everyone understands this contact-less application process is for everyone's safety.
Thank you all, for your understanding, as we work with legislation regarding pandemic safety guidelines.
2019 Westward Christmas Market Review
We had a pretty incredible market despite the blizzard and treacherous roads. Our shoppers were arriving in droves and we saw between 1600 and 1700 of the dedicated shoppers attend, proving that when there is a great sale, the people will come!
We had amazing vendors and it was wonderful to hear people comment about how much talent we have in the area. Of course one of our vendors seems to always appear in a great mood when it is snowing and Santa had the kids wrapped around his finger again this year, especially once he gave them a candy cane!
We do have some thank yous to extend.
First of all, thank you to Woodlands County for awarding blue tooth speakers for our daily winners who were:
Saturday: Mikayla W
Sunday: Brinnley B
Vendor prize: Judy O.
Next we would like to thank the Whitecourt Food Bank for all their help with food bank items that came in through the door. The community filled a few trucks and donated $1931.86 to this worthy cause.
Thank you to the Whitecourt Legion for allowing us to sell poppies on behalf of the veterans in our community and for the Whitecourt Legion Farmer's market for joining us!
Thank you to volunteers who helped make this a smooth weekend: Ranaye Jensen, Amber Jensen,Tara Bartsch, Brian Munday, and Phoebe Repas.
And finally, a thank you to the vendors who make this sale a pleasure and the shoppers who shop local, making this an amazing market. We couldn't do any of this with out you!
Looking for Volunteers
We will be looking for several volunteers this year to help out with many aspects of the market, including sorting Food Bank items and gift wrapping. Shifts are about 4 hours but we appreciate all and any help.
Interested in volunteering? Call Sharlene at 780-779-4343 or 780-778-0773 or email her at email@example.com.
What is happening at the Market this year?
We have lots in the works this year for the 2019 Westward Christmas Market.
Santa has already RVSP'd and Serena Lapointe will be on the stage taking photos.
Her price list will be posted closer to the date.
Rexall will be back again giving free flu shots to those 5 years of age and older to those who want it.
The Food bank will taking food and money donations at the door.
Betty's Special Occasions will be having their concession open and will be selling drinks, meals and tasty treats. (We are hoping to post a menu closer to the date.)
The Food Bank will be offering gift wrapping for a cash donation on site!
Our vendors will be selling knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, woodworking, chalk art, baking, jerky, home made greeting cards, canning, wreaths, garlands, center pieces, clothing, signs, decor, gift baskets, honey products, skincare items, jewelry, Fairy doors, mixed media paintings, jelly roll rugs, essential oils, custom cups, paper crafts, paracord items, Christmas crafts, snow-buddies, hand-tied blankets and farmhouse benches.
Stay tuned as we add to our what's happening at the Westward Christmas market this year.
2018 Christmas Market Review
Another successful market has come and gone and we have many thanks to give!
We couldn't have done half of what we wanted to without the help of several people and corporations around town and the county.
First off, a huge thank you to the Whitecourt Legion for joining our market and allowing us to sell poppies for you. You add an amazing component to our market by selling your wares alongside the other vendors.
We would also like to thank Woodlands County for the daily draw prizes that we handed out this year. This year's door prize winners were: Saturday - Trista, Sunday - John and our vendor prize went to Karen.
Thank you to Rexall for offering shoppers and vendors the opportunity to receive free flu shots if they wanted them. The convenience for those who wanted to do so was greatly appreciated.
Thank you to Dynamic for the amazing and smooth running ATM! I think there were many shoppers this past weekend that were thankful for the ease of use and the availability of cash when they needed it!
Special thanks to St. Joe's students, Amber, Andrew, Austin and Emma who helped us out with the sorting of Food Bank items. You put your best foot forward and shone. You represented true citizenship and the spirit of the holiday. You give us hope of what the future will look like with your kindness and generosity!
Food bank volunteers who came to help organize the food bank items and transported them directly to the bank without delay were truly spectacular. Your team is a well oiled machine! The food bank was able to bring back a few carloads of food and over $2000 in cash donations. Whitecourt and Woodlands County residents, you are truly a supportive community. The food bank still has a long way to go to filling their shelves and feeding locals who would otherwise go without. Please, be sure to think of them throughout the year.
This market wouldn't be able to run year after year with out the support of the Whitecourt District Agricultural Society. They make sure that this market happens and have always been there to help make it bigger and better each year.
And finally, thank you to the vendors and to you, most importantly, the shoppers, for attending this market and helping to make it the best ten years that we have been able to keep bringing it back to you. You all make it worth it!
Christmas Market 2019 Sold Out!
The 2019 Westward Christmas Market is sold out!
We are putting vendors on a waiting list in the event that a vendor has to drop out.
Contact Sharlene at 780-778-0773 for more information.
2019 Westward Christmas Market
It's official! The vendor application date will be August 1st at 1:30 PM.
There are only 5 spots for franchised home businesses this year and spots will not be held beforehand.
There are 64 spots available for crafters, bakers and artisans.
There is 1 spot for a non-profit organization.
All applications must be in person that day. No phone calls or emails will be permitted. If you are unable to personally attend, you may send someone else in your place. Tables are $75 each for the weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!
Westward Christmas Market
2018 Shopper experience at the Westward Christmas Market
The Christmas Market is already taking shape with the Legion joining us again for another great market.
Rexall will be present to administer free flu shots to anyone who would like to have one over the age of 12.
Betty's Special Occasions will be offering up some delicious food at the concession again this year. (Word is that she will have perogies and cabbage rolls on the menu again.) We will update closer to the date with her menu items.
Even Santa has confirmed that he will at the market again this year with Serena Lapointe taking photos with the kids.
Vendors confirmed so far will be selling a wide range of items. Below is a list of some of the items you can expect to see this year:
Food Vendors: Fudge, sausages, pepperoni, beef jerky, perogies, cabbage rolls, jams, jellies, pickles, soup mixes, teas, gingerbread people, cookies, candies, squares, Croatian baking, Honey, honey sticks, syrups, caramels and Christmas baking.
Artisan/ Crafter: String art, booties for all ages, crochet and knit items, pompoms, key-chains, handmade crafts, East Coast beach glass art, Christmas bags, wood burnt signs and items, Fairy lanterns and bowls, hand made cards, handmade soaps and bath products, hemp oil, lotions, painted wine glasses and painted glass Christmas balls, aprons, potato bags, vehicle garbage catch-alls, hot pads, Christmas stockings, towels, hot pads, wreaths, swags, centerpieces, seasonal gift baskets, ornaments, Christmas decor, woodwork, sewing, wood signs, decor, quilts, meditation cushions, rice bags, table runners, mitts, rock pictures, quilted items, wooden hangers, snowmen and wooden houses.
Home business consultants representing: Scentsy, Tupperware, Origami Owl Jewelry, Sweet Legs, Silver Icing, Opulence Global/Divine Spa and Wellness Centre and Mary Kay.
Entrepreneurs featuring unique items: Personalized Mugs, Dog treats, shredded bed bags for pets, paw balm, Pet shampoo, pet baskets, beeswax products, yarn, tower gardens, children's clothing, women's sweaters, horse saddle pads, polo wraps, Equine jewelry, equine socks
Christmas Market 2018
The date for vendor applications to be submitted for the 2018 Westward Christmas market has been set for Wednesday August 1st.
Applications will only be accepted, in person, on August 1st starting at 1:30 PM at the Westward Hall.
Email and phone applications will open on August 3rd, if any spaces remain vacant.
Tables are $70 each for the weekend. (6 foot tables.)
*All tables are sold out, but we do create a waiting list of vendors in the event that someone is unable to attend. Please, leave a message at the hall or through email. (780-779-4343 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Westward Christmas Market will be held November 3-4, 2018.
Christmas Market 2017
The 2017 Westward Christmas Market was a huge success! Thank you to all our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and shoppers. You all helped make this a fantastic event!
Congratulations to Jacqualine and Rebecca who were the winners of this years door prizes donated by Woodlands County.
Special thanks to Woodlands County for the door prizes, Dynamic for the use of their ATM, the Legion for sanctioning the market, Students from St. Joseph School, Girl Guides and Rangers for sorting the food bank donations. Thank you, to you the vendors and shoppers who year after year, help make this the biggest and best market around!
Interested on what was at the Christmas market?
We will, once again, have Santa available from 10-4 each day at the market on November 4th and 5th for photos.
Photos will be taken by Serena Lapointe.
Concession will be available thanks to Betty's Special Occasions.
*New* Rexall will be on site with free flu shots.
Door prizes daily donated by Woodlands County.
Vendors that were confirmed were selling:
Artisans will be showcasing wood signs, small furniture, elk products, sausage, jerky-EUA, dog chews, gift baskets, baby items, baking, Christmas decor, home decor, crystals, candles, crotchet and knit items, fleece tie blankets, doll cradles, woodwork, stools, children's table and chair sets, quilts, paintings, crafts, wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, swags, Santas, snowmen, snow buddies, fairy gardens (lanterns and pots), fairy crowns, fairy traps, mittens, aprons, pillows, wall hangings, dish cloths, hot pads, kitchen articles, heavy socks, slippers, hand tied flies, jerky, caramels, children's clothing, dog treats, dog gift baskets, and antler articles. There will also be suppliers available for your quilting and yarn needs.
Home business consultants will be selling Scentsy, Orgami Owl, Sweet Legs, Discovery Toys, Pretty Pearls, Tupperware, Seacret and Younique Addictions.
Stay tuned as we add to this page!
Some of our food bank volunteers!