by Susanne Larner

Join us for our beloved annual event, a festive celebration that will fill your heart with holiday cheer! On Friday, December 1, kick off the season with the magical Tree Lighting ceremony. Gather with friends and family as we illuminate the gazebo and tree, turning on the twinkling lights that will adorn our beautiful community park.

This has become a real tradition at this season, growing each year as family, friends and neighbours come by to mark a special event in the life of the community. In the heart of Oxford Mills, between Maplewood and the old Town Hall, the park and the gazebo, it is the perfect place for celebrations all year round. But, as with everything, it is especially so at Christmas. There’s something magical and even cosy about Maplewood Park on a December night, with the tree lights sparkling in the dark, and your friends and neighbours bundled up, lyric sheets in hand, joining in the familiar, well-loved hymns and songs of Christmas.

And when the singing is done, indulge in the cosy warmth of hot chocolate, while Santa himself makes a special appearance! Capture the moment with photos and create memories that will last a lifetime. Maplewood has been a centre of community activity for almost 150 years, first as a school, then as the local library, and more recently as the community centre, and makes the prefect venue for our Christmas gathering.

The festivities continue on Saturday, December 2, with a delightful community tradition – a free pancake breakfast for all! Join your neighbours and friends for a morning of delicious pancakes, Oxford Mills syrup, and all the breakfast fixings to fuel your holiday spirit. Yes, we have such a good time, we have to carry it over two days instead of one!

And of course, the highlight of the morning will be the chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Share your holiday wishes, snap a photo, and revel in the joy of the season with the beloved couple. Over the years, families have grown up with Christmas in Oxford Mills: it’s just one of those happy, fun experiences that seem to ease us into the Christmas Season and helps to make the yuletide bright. Mark your calendars for this festive weekend of community, joy, and holiday magic. Don’t miss out on the chance to create cherished memories at this wonderful event!

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