In my previous post, I skipped over this place, as we opted not to visit. Our son Googled the place a few days later and said he found the market somewhat more interesting. So, when we found ourselves with time on our hands on December 19, we opted to go back and take a look. We must admit our 2nd impression was much more favourable. Perhaps, our first impression would have been better, with more prominent signage to direct us to the entrance.
Where – ATB Place at the corner of Jasper Avenue and 100 Street. Most of the vendors are inside a warm atrium space. Some vendors, Santa, games, warming fires are located outdoors on the plaza.
When – Thursday and Friday from 3 PM to 8 PM, Saturday from 12 PM to 6 PM until December 21
Admission – Adults – $5 on Thursday/Friday $10 Saturdays
Vendors – Crafts, apparel, foods, craft beer, honey wine, etc. Plenty of unique Christmas gift ideas.
We still struggled to find the entrance, which is actually through the lobby of the ATB branch. Ticketing is manual and you must wear an arm band as there are several access points.
On first pass, there did not seem to be much, but after a brief sojourn to the outdoor plaza, we paused for a better look. I bought some craft beer from Bent Stick Brewing (a gift to myself) and we did a wine tasting at Spirit Hills Honey Winery (Alberta’s largest winery). I know, I just reread those last three words and they don’t seem to make sense. All that being said, their wine is made with fermented honey rather than grapes. Combine that with such natural Alberta flavours as Dandelions and Alberta Roses and you get a really unique taste.
Without further ado, here are some photos of:
The interior market
The outdoor plaza