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'Edmonton Project' finalist pitches plan for Christmas village

January 12, 2018

CBC News

 

Excerpt - Edmonton, Alberta -  Christmas might be 347 days away, but Georgina Atkin has the holiday on her mind.

Atkin wants to bring a longstanding European tradition to Edmonton by building Christmas or Advent villages during the holidays. Temporary holiday markets would bring the spirit of the season to the streets, Atkin said.

The pop-up bazaars are a time-honoured tradition overseas. 

"They have markets set up where you can purchase all kinds of different items, from food to clothes to Christmas gifts," Atkin said in an interview with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.

"They also have kiosks where you can buy some hot cider and mulled wine and you get your cup and walk around the village, do some shopping, watch some the entertainment.

"It's a great family outing. It is awesome."

The festive proposal is one of 10 finalists for the Edmonton Project, a partnership of five companies looking to create a distinct landmark in the city.

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Atkin, a local nurse, said the city could repurpose its Green Shacks to create unique street-side spaces for vendors, who could deck out the buildings in holiday decor.

Depending on the location, markets could also feature family skating or curling tournaments.

There are plenty of places that would be a good fit for a market Atkin said, highlighting Churchill Square, the legislature grounds, the Muttart Conservatory and Whyte Avenue as possible locations.

"As it grows, I would like to see it move out into different venues," she said. "And eventually, out in the communities, where each community league would have their own little Christmas village."

 

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These Holiday Markets are becoming more popular year after year, and are great for revitalizing a downtown shopping district. I've been working the same one since it started in 2011 and it gets more popular every year.

It's ironic that years ago Malls have done away with downtown store shopping, and now with events like these,  people are skipping the Malls and are going back downtown.

Great opportunity for a Santa to get involved on the ground floor!

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