Trois-Rivières Christmas Market 2023 Edition
Trois-Rivières, November 21, 2023– Our Lady of the Cape Shrine and La Maison des Grands-Parents de Trois-Rivières (MGPTR) are pleased to launch the 6th edition 2023 of the long-awaited Trois-Rivières Christmas Market event. As part of the Noël au Sanctuaire (Shrine’s Christmas), the Christmas Market will be open on Saturday, December 9 from 11am to 6pm and on Sunday, December 10 from 10am to 5pm.
Visitors are invited to join us and meet 75 local artisans, who will be set up in small huts outside and in the basement inside the Basilica. Artisan will offer a variety such as : crafts, jewelry, clothing, sewing, leather goods, wood products, ceramics, painting, books, beauty care, oils and soaps, candles, ornaments, decorations and gourmet treats.
The 2023 Trois-Rivières Christmas Market is sold. We wish to thank all artisans who took part in our Christmas Market 2023 selection. The commitee had a tough decision for wich 75 were selected based on well-established criterias such as : handmade, local products, recycled materials, zero waste and eco-friendliness. The Christmas Market will feature 19 confectionery artisans (knitting, weaving, furs, sewing and leather goods), seven jewelry artisans, 13 artisans working with wood, glass, rocks and ceramics, eight artisans for body care (oil, soaps), four artisans for candle products, two painters, one author and 21 agri-food producers.
You’ll need to pass through the Service Center (restaurant and boutique) near the river to access the entrance that leads to the basement. Scouts elves will be on hand to guide you and introduce you to the holiday atmosphere as soon as you arrive!
“Trois-Rivières Christmas Market has become a must for Christmas shoppers, and visitors are out in force this weekend. Our free classical concerts in the Basilica and our celebrations are also a great opportunity for many to experience a moment of interiority,” notes Rémi Lepage, o.m.i., Director of Our Lady of the Cape Shrine.
The Director of La Maison des Grands-parents de Trois-Rivières (MGPTR), Emilie Dallaire, is proud to be partnering the event for a second year running. “MGPTR volunteers are excited to welcome artisans and visitors, and happy to help organize the event,” says Ms. Dallaire.
Visitors can take part in a variety of activities: outdoor entertainment, a storyteller, a horse-drawn carriage (Saturday only; in case of storm, postponed until the following day) from Gaetany Farm, shows in the basement and concerts in the Basilica. Holiday music around a bonfire and street food trucks await visitors on the esplanade square in front of the Basilica. The Market includes a visit from Santa Claus for children. In the basement, on the artisans’ circuit, you can see or revisit the country miniatures (maquettes) created by Claude Bastien.
Christmas markets also means music. On Sunday afternoon, fiddle and accordion music will liven up the entrance to the atrium and the “Le goût du Paradis” restaurant, with holiday folk music by the Duo Trad Leclerc-Bell. Also on Sunday afternoon, storyteller Steve Bernier will be on hand around the fire, near the outdoor cabins, to present a few tales. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the Emmanuel choir will be outside, singing by the fire or near the cariole.
In the Basilica, the free (voluntary contribution) Christmas concerts present “Les Classiques de Noël” on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (90 minutes), with three voices, Manuel Blais (baritone), Mariève Beauchesne (soprano), Eric Prud’Homme (tenor), accompanied by organist Jocelyn Lafond. On Sunday at 2 p.m. (60 minutes), the Coro latinoamericano choir from Trois-Rivières presents a concert of Christmas carols in Spanish, “Navidad con Jesus”. These are two great concerts of traditional Christmas carols.
Also on site again this year, the Cap Jeunesse team will be offering family activities at the Chapelle de la Paix on Saturday, December 9 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a craft zone, a resting and breastfeeding corner, and a rocking chair and diaper-changing table for parents.
The front parking lot remains under construction as part of Phase 1 of the Shrine’s development and restoration project, and will continue to be reserved for people with reduced mobility. The same people will also have access to the service center loading dock, for the Market period only. Other visitors will have to park on the surrounding streets or in the rear parking lot of the Shrine.