Christmas in the Village

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas! On November 21st, we had our first ever Christmas in the Village. Modeled after a German Christmas market – like one you’d find in Minden, Germany – the Village was abuzz all day with artisans selling handmade goods, children visiting with Santa, live storytelling, Christmas carols and holiday treats galore! All the festivities took place around a giant tree of lights, which was illuminated at 6:15pm during the Lighting of the Village.

It was wonderful to see children sitting across from Santa, from a distance of course, and families spending time together outdoors. The event gave people a chance to socialize and kick off the festive season as a community. The market also provided a much needed opportunity for local small businesses and artisans to reach people who are looking to buy local when many other events were cancelled earlier in the year.

A big thank you to everyone who came out, and to our dedicated team of volunteers who made wonderful baked goods and helped the event run smoothly on the day. Thank you as well to our community partners who helped make this event a success by bringing their many talents to the day:

  • Live music by Gord Kid and Eric Casper
  • Food by Irondale Church, McKecks & Abbey Gardens
  • Storytelling by Haliburton County Public Library
  • Local businesses who donated doorprizes and sent in coupons handed out on the day
  • Artisans and vendors who took part in the outdoor market

Here’s to a wonderful festive season! Don’t forget about the first ever Minden Hills Holiday Lights Contest. The Lights Contest is a chance to spread holiday cheer from the comfort of your own home – and maybe win a prize! Deadline to register is December 1.

Images from the daytime event, Nov 21st 11am – 3pm
Images from the evening event, Nov 21st 6pm – 8pm

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