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A New Brunswick Christmas at Lady Smith Manor

The holidays have washed ashore in New Brunswick and this year I was thrilled to finally be able to experience Lady Smith Manor Christmas Market!

Located in Dorchester, New Brunswicker (the vacation town of thousands of coastal sandpipers every summer), Lady Smith Manor is an absolutely beautiful Georgian Manor built in the 1800s and surrounded by trees, including a breathtaking oak tree. It also just so happens to be recognized as one of Canada’s Historic Places!

While the Manor is currently under restoration, it’s brought to life in December for the Lady Smith Manor Christmas Market—a Christmas Market filled with a unique selection of local artisans, holiday treats & an unforgettable experience of being part of The Night Before Christmas Story.

Here’s a sneak peek at my recent visit with Mama Mermaid!

People lined up outside of Lady Smith Manor in New Brunswick
Inside on the first floor of Lady Smith Manor in New Brunswick. Artisan goods cover a table in the foreground and there are Christmas trees at every window.

Upon stepping inside the Lady Smith Manor—and being immediately transported back in time—your breath is quite literally taken away as your walk into the first room filled with vintage and nostalgic objects thanks to the lovely JoĂ«lle Martin, Owner of Mon PrĂ© Collection.

A shelf lined with brass and ceramic goods at the Lady Smith Manor Christmas Market

Needless to say, I picked up a number of timeless vintage holiday dĂ©cor items that I can’t wait to display in our home this Christmas. I also brought home several of JoĂ«lle’s beautiful cards and gift tags. Did I mention she’s also an incredibly talented watercolor, oil and acrylic painter?

Holiday decorations and dried florals arranged for sale in the Lady Smith Manor in New Brunswick
Holiday decorations and dried florals arranged for sale on a piano in the Lady Smith Manor in New Brunswick

In the next room, we discovered Seches Pampas, a local small business I had been looking forward to seeing since they launched their business earlier this year.

Of course, I came home with a beautiful bouquet of pampas. How could I not?

Holiday decorations arranged for sale in the Lady Smith Manor's Christmas Market

As we continued through the manor, we browsed so many other small businesses and saw friends like All the Pretties (I picked up a gorgeous pair of snowflake earrings), one of our favourite photographers, the lovely Tia Fennelly, the makers of my go-to bees wax wraps, Bees Louise, and the lovely Monica from Birch House Lettering.

Custom tree decorations arranged for sale in the Lady Smith Manor in New Brunswick

I couldn’t resist leaving without two of the gorgeous Christmas trees made of reclaimed barn wood from Bits & Pieces. They’re going to look so cute in our home this holiday season.

Crystal Richard of East Coast Mermaid and Miriam, the owner Lady Smith Manor in New Brunswick

Next, we headed outside to meet Miriam, the owner of Lady Smith Manor and pick up some goodies from the Lady Smith Manor collection. I can’t wait to try my Sandpiper Blend coffee beans with a splash of eggnog this December. (Did I mention JoĂ«lle also designed the artwork on their coffee bags?)

We ended our day with hot cider from the hot chocolate bar and some Mrs. Dunster’s donuts roasted on a BBQ. Um, trust me when I say that you have not lived until you have had Mrs. Dunster’s donuts on a BBQ. It may be my new summer dessert hack for future barbecues.

Crystal Richard of East Coast Mermaid and Mama Mermaid outside the Lady Smith Manor's Christmas Market.

A big thank you to Miriam for dreaming up such a magical day and experience for everyone. We had such a wonderful time and it totally put us in the Christmas spirit.

I can’t wait to return next year!

PS: NOT sponsored, just madly obsessed with New Brunswick experiences and here to help you develop a coastal crush on this magical province we call home ❀

And speaking of coastal crushes—have you downloaded my New Brunswick Holiday Food & Drink Guide? If not, trust me when I say, you’re in for a treat! Download the guide today by clicking here.

Charcuterie board and beverage from the New Brunswick Holiday Food & Drink Guide

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