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Chippewa Market is inspiration behind the inaugural St. Michael’s Christmas Market

This coming Saturday, a rather unique shopping opportunity is arising in Downtown Buffalo. St. Michael’s is hosting a Christmas Market, inspired by the historic Chippewa Market (lead image) that once stood next door (today it’s the M&T Bank parking lot).

This spot was once the site of a bustling marketplace. That’s the reason that St. Michael’s is hoping to recreate that atmosphere – obviously not as big, but significant nonetheless. St. Michael’s is hoping to attract a new generation of Buffalonians to this special outdoor market environment, while asking that seasoned Buffalonians return to Downtown Buffalo to get a taste of what it’s all about. 

St. Michael’s place is the only street in Buffalo named for an angel!

“We are so pleased to be a spiritual center of the new Downtown Buffalo and offer this special event for the community,” says Fr. Benjamin Fiore, SJ, pastor. “We welcome all to enjoy!”

St. Michael’s is one of Buffalo’s oldest parishes (1851).

Just like the old world open-air European markets, St. Michael’s Christmas Market will feature a range of vendors selling gifts, grilled sausages, roasted chestnuts, crepes, pastries, coffee, mulled wine, and national and craft beers. There will even be carols sung by a chorus!

Who knows. Maybe if this outdoor holiday market is a grand success, it will continue to grow year after year. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a successful, annual, outdoor Christmas/holiday market each year in Downtown Buffalo?

St. Michael’s Christmas Market

Saint Michael’s Place | The evening of Saturday, December, 10, 2016 from 6 to 10 pm.

St. Michael’s Place to be closed to traffic from 2 pm to 11 pm between Washington and Ellicott Streets.


Tickets are $5 presale or $10 day of the event. Tickets are available at the Church office, 651 Washington Street, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

See Facebook event for additional info


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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