Holiday Market set to open Nov. 26, with expansion to Bubala's on two weekends

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PROVINCETOWN — The holidays are back and so is the Holiday Market — but this year it’s expanded to a second location for two weekends. 

The annual market, in its sixth year, is usually located behind The Canteen restaurant, on the waterfront at 225 Commercial Street. For the first weekend in December and the weekend of New Year’s Eve, the market will also be at the outside patio at Bubala’s By The Bay at 185 Commercial St.

Expansion planned

“Oriana Conklin who runs Local 186 is going to be operating a second location for vendors across the street, outside at Bubala’s,” The Canteen co-owner and Holiday Market co-founder Rob Anderson said.

Conklin confirmed the plan. She worked at Bubala’s for years, and she and the owner’s son decided to answer Anderson’s recent request on Facebook for help with extra space for the Holiday Market. 

“I’ll be the person on site managing it,” Conklin said.

The market and what is called the “Winter Lodge” behind The Canteen is open Nov. 26-28; Dec. 3-5; Dec. 11-12; Dec. 18-19; Dec. 24-26; and Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Basically all the weekends from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.

The additional market space at Bubala’s will be open Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1, Anderson said. 

What to expect this year 

“We’re going to do a holiday theme trivia night around the campfire. Some drag queens are going to do some performances. We’ll also have a Hanukkah celebration on Holly Folly weekend,” Anderson said. Holly Folly is Dec. 3-5.

There will be more on the menu too, he said.

“We have some great sausages this year, a little different than we had in the past. We tinkered with and improved our schnitzel recipe. Our baker is knocking everything out of the park this year. She’s making a snowball coconut passion fruit cake and a vegan Black Forest cake,” Anderson said.

A special eggnog and a longer cocktail menu are planned too, he said.

How the market works 

“We created the market to offer an alternative, which is a chance to embrace the weather, interact with people, make new connections, of course make some money, and we’re trying to have fun while we do it,” Anderson said.

The market itself is a structure with unfinished wood stalls built by Anderson and his partner, Loic Rossignon. Inside the stalls will be vendors selling locally made goods and services.  

This year there are 52 vendors, but not every vendor is at the market every night, Anderson said. The vendors are charged $10 a day. The money goes toward paying a person to stand in front of The Canteen to ring a bell, making passersby aware of the market in the back. This year there will be a “candy-striped nutcracker house” out front on the street where the bell ringer will stand, Anderson said. 

One of those vendors, Florence Mauclere of Mauclere Leather, has been with the market since the beginning. This year Mauclere is looking forward to getting back into the holiday feel. The market was closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus threat.

“It just kind of feels like Santa’s workshop,” she said. “You get to walk through and have food and drinks and meet people. It just feels really homey.” Mauclere will be selling handmade leather bags and wallets.  

A few weeks ago, Anderson asked on Facebook if anyone would be willing to offer up their space and collaborate to expand the market.

“Are there any business owners, building landlords, town officials who would be willing and able to run a second location for holiday market vendors this year?” he asked. Anderson received seven or eight responses to that post.  

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 For information, visit www.canteenholidaymarket.com