Tree Lighting and visit with Santa Christmas Celebrations in Oxford Mills

Hosted by the Oxford Mills Community Association

On Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, Oxford Mills will celebrate the coming of the Christmas season at Maplewood.

On Friday evening at 6 pm, the celebrations start with Caroling by the Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding. Caroling sheets are provided, so please bring your voice and a flashlight.

The annual tree lighting ceremony will follow in front of the Old Town Hall at 7 pm. The tree lighting has been a staple of the festivities over the years. This year’s dignitary to officially light the tree will be Don Munz. What better choice than a person who has brought so much light and colour to North Grenville!

Next, everyone will make their way to Maplewood Hall for hot chocolate and treats. Santa will make his annual stop while on his recognizance tour, and this will give visitors, young and old, the opportunity to meet with him and if lucky, get a look at the list he has prepared. For those who are too shy to approach Santa, the opportunity to catch up with friends and acquaintances is an occasion not to be missed.

The following day, Saturday, the celebrations continue with a Pancake Breakfast starting at 8:30 am, voluntary donation appreciated. In previous years, this has been a successful event that brings families and friends together to share the enthusiasm for the coming season. As an old sage said, “It’s better to spend time with friends than to spend time spending money.”

The OMCA wishes to thank the unfailing support of Erick Le Pors of Dial A Chef. Erick has been a long-time supporter of the OMCA, and his in-kind contributions are instrumental to the success of the event.

In addition to the weekend festivities, the OMCA will be actively decorating the village for the season. The bridges will be decorated with garlands and lights, and a Christmas tree will be set near the dam. Viewed from the bridge at night, the tree is a charming sight.

A ‘Thank You’ is owed to the neighbours who share their hydro connections. Now that the municipality has extended electrical power to the gazebo, it too will be festooned with lights.

The OMCA is committed to improving the social and cultural life of the community and all are welcome to participate in our Spirit of Christmas.

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