Just dabbling at the winter market

I’m heading to Europe in November and doing a Christmas Market river cruise. I’m really looking forward to it, apart from the fact that I’ll leave summer for winter for 3 weeks!  However I’m sure it will be worth it!

When my dinner plans fell flat last night, one of my friends suggested we still do something, and I was in the mood to. So we headed to the Winter Warmer Market, held at the Arts Centre.  “It will be good practice for you” my friend said.  I am so glad we went.  I think this is the first of this kind in the city and thanks to some mild weather over the last few days, it was very well attended.

The Arts Centre, the original university for Christchurch, is one of our few heritage sites remaining post quake.  It has been under repair for six years, and parts aren’t quite complete. The market was based around the accessible parts of the buildings. The Great Hall reopened over a year ago, but I haven’t been in to it – the opening was so massive, I gave it a miss. When things reopen in Christchurch, the whole city rejoices and tends to turn up!

Last night the hall hosted a number of craft stalls. Out in the quad were more stalls, live entertainment, and blankets and rugs to sit around on. Gas braziers kept the chill off, because although it got to 17 degrees yesterday, it dropped to around 4 degrees at night.

Food stalls and refreshments were served. We decided to warm up with a Hot Toddy, rather than a Mulled Wine. The lemon, ginger, honey and whiskey treat hit the spot.

We enjoyed the atmosphere, checked out the two open art galleries and mulled around for about two hours before heading away.  It was a great night and I hope this Market returns next winter and grows as the buildings open up the other quadrangles. It felt a joy to be back at our beloved Arts Centre.





The Great Hall


Hot Toddys


Cat cushion

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