As the chill of winter sets in, the quaint Village of Sainte-Thérèse transforms into a mesmerizing Christmas Village, open from November 30 to December 17, 2023. This enchanting haven is not just a destination but a journey into the heart of the holiday spirit, operating Thursdays to Sundays with extended hours for a full festive experience promoting local artisans and lifting the spirits of the local population.
The House of Crafts: A Haven for Artisanal Mastery
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At the core of the village, Maison Lachaine on 37 Blainville Street West houses the remarkable House of Crafts. This pop-up boutique, active from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, is a treasure trove showcasing over 50 Quebec artisans. It’s a place where the search for the perfect holiday gift becomes a discovery of handcrafted wonders, all accompanied by the soothing melodies of a live pianist.
The Gourmet Market: A Culinary Expedition
For those with a palate for fine foods, the Gourmet Market at 6, rue de l’Église is a culinary paradise. Open during similar hours, this market features 15 exhibitors nestled in charming wooden houses, offering an array of local gastronomic delights. It’s not just a market; it’s a place of gathering, offering entertainment and activities suitable for the entire family.
Fridays in Light: An Illuminated Shopping Experience
‘Fridays in Light’ casts a warm glow over the Village Square, creating an atmosphere of wonder and joy. Visitors can indulge in holiday shopping under the sparkle of festive lights, with the bonus of hot chocolate and marshmallows. The Village Square also hosts a special teen evening on December 1, promising a night of fun, games, and unique prizes.
Family Saturdays at the Christmas Village are all about joyful festivities for everyone. These days are specially dedicated to family fun, featuring a plethora of activities. The air is filled with enchanting stories from Father and Mother Christmas, creating a magical atmosphere. Alongside, there’s a variety of traveling entertainment and engaging games, ensuring that there’s something for everyone. An exclusive exhibition of Christmas illustrations adds a touch of artistic charm to the festivities. Adding to the excitement is the thrilling Leprechaun Hunt, which is just one of the many activities planned.
Folk Sundays take a different turn, offering a deep dive into Quebec’s rich traditions. These days provide an opportunity for visitors to meet Santa Claus, creating memorable moments for children and adults alike. Taffy tastings on snow bring a sweet, traditional flavor to the experience. Furthermore, the days are enriched with folk dance and workshops, including captivating performances by ‘La Bistringue’ and ‘Tissés Trésrés’, offering a true taste of Quebec’s cultural heritage.
In addition to the weekend activities, the Christmas Village boasts of special highlights. A magical mailbox awaits children’s letters to Santa Claus, guaranteeing a personal response before Christmas – a gesture that’s sure to bring joy to many young hearts. In keeping with the spirit of environmental consciousness, the village has an eco-friendly focus. Visitors are reminded to bring reusable bags, aligning with the village’s commitment to sustainability and encouraging everyone to be more environmentally responsible during their visit.