The Christmas Craft Sale, 2016 Photo by Jim DeVette

by Marc Nadeau

Get into the Christmas spirit on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, at some festive events hosted by the Oxford Mills Community Association. The weekend starts with carolling at 6:30 on Friday evening in front of the historic town hall, led by the Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding. Bring your best voice, your youngsters, and a flashlight to sing in the season.

The Christmas tree will be lit at 7 p.m., after which everyone is welcome to make their way to Maplewood Hall to meet with Santa and enjoy a hot chocolate and home-baked treats. This is a time to meet with friends and neighbours, to socialize, and appreciate the community we live in. At around 8 p.m., judges will tour the hamlet and surrounding area to chose the most beautifully decorated homes.

Come back on Saturday morning at 9:00 for a free pancake breakfast with Santa at the United Church on Water Street. This event is sponsored by Gerry Van Gurp and will be served by the North Grenville Scouts. Sausages generously donated by Erick Le Pors of Dial-a-Chef. Santa Claus will meet with children and adults alike, and review the notes he has been making all year! Get your picture taken with him and earn extra ‘Santa Points’.

Local craftspeople will display their wares both inside and outside Maplewood Hall at the Christmas Craft Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors can keep warm around the fire barrels that will be ablaze outside, and by purchasing a delicious bowl of soup from the Brigadoon Restaurant. Keep up to date by visiting our Facebook Event page.

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