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The Francophone Christmas market in Vancouver is back in person

Marseille soaps, artwork, and even mindfulness classes for kids are all on display at the Francophone Vancouver Christmas market on Saturday.



The France Quality Import stand at the French-speaking Christmas market.


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The France Quality Import stand at the French-speaking Christmas market.

After a virtual market last year, the event is back in person at Vancouver Francophone Cultural Center 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It brings together around fifteen French-speaking artisans and artists as well as make-up workshops for children and Christmas tales.

For example, there are bags, belts and bracelets made of leather by Rodney Ghosn and Rindala Semaan, a French-speaking couple from Vancouver. There are also multimedia paintings by Claire Huguenot, and books and the new French-language publisher from British Columbia, Les éditions du Pacifique Nord-Ouest.



Books from Chouette Books, at the Francophone Christmas market in Vancouver.


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Books from Chouette Books, at the Francophone Christmas market in Vancouver.



The ceramic works of Creations by Vinciane at the French-speaking Christmas market


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The ceramic works of Creations by Vinciane at the French-speaking Christmas market

The cultural center’s communications manager, Daphnée Pacas-Gutierrez, felt the excitement in the air on Friday night when all the stalls had finished setting up, and only the public remained.

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Precisely, on Saturday morning, the visitors were quick to come.

From 10:05 am, we started to receive people to come and see the traders and the Christmas market. We were surprised“, did she say. After 10, 15 minutes we already had several people […] I believe that people are waiting for this Christmas market in person, where we can meet the traders of the community».



Daphnée Pacas-Gutierrez is the Manager of Communications, Marketing and Partnerships at the Center culturel francophone de Vancouver


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Daphnée Pacas-Gutierrez is the Manager of Communications, Marketing and Partnerships at the Center culturel francophone de Vancouver

This market is really about showcasing traders from the Francophone communityShe added. It’s a great space to come and meet them, discover their products, and above all to discover the creativity that people in the community can have. »

Daphnée Pacas-Gutierrez particularly appreciates the eyes of children amazed by Christmas decorations.

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