Experience an outdoor Christmas market in a covered Pavilion at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum in Dunvegan on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Entry is free.

It will be more than a chance to shop local. There will be plenty of opportunity to get into the festive spirit with live Christmas music, kids crafts, “selfie vignettes” and a bonfire to warm up to with hot coco or apple cider.

Local vendors will be selling everything from chocolate and baked goods, to handmade silver jewelry or ironware made by a local blacksmith. Dunvegan Gold Maple Syrup, the Glengarry Bee Farm, Stonehouse Vineyard, Rouge River Bakery, Swiss Farmer Bakery and more will be onsite.

There also promises to be lots of fresh green wreathes, pots and garland to help with your decorating needs. If you are worried about the cold, dress warmly and be relieved to know that there will be outdoor heaters in the pavilion and new vinyl curtains protecting it from the elements.

Once you are done shopping, warm up by getting some hot apple cider or hot chocolate, roast a marshmallow around the fire, then wander the grounds for the best photo op. Sit in an antique sleigh, or one of the many other festive vignettes around the museum.

Activities for children

Not sure what your kids can do while you shop? There will be a kid’s craft table in the pavilion with guided ornament making from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by do-it-yourself activities in the afternoon.

A children’s choir and young musicians will be onsite singing and playing some of your favorite Christmas tunes all afternoon.

Lastly, visitors are invited to participate in a “Share the Wealth Draw” to win a variety of prizes. For a donation, your name will be entered into the draw.

It’s the perfect opportunity to get into the festive spirit and support local artisans from your community. Put Dunvegan on your list of local shopping and festive outings to do with the whole family. The most up-to-date details can be found at www.glengarrypioneermuseum.ca or by calling the museum 613-527-5230.

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum. Submitted Photo