Christ­mas on the Mersey

South Shore Breaker - - Local - VERNON OICKLE vernon.l.oickle@eastlink.ca

With the hol­i­day sea­son all but upon us, mem­bers of the com­mit­tee or­ga­niz­ing Christ­mas on the Mersey cel­e­bra­tions are busy fi­nal­iz­ing plans for the an­nual event that not only in­cludes many re­turn­ing favourites, but also fea­tures sev­eral new ac­tiv­i­ties that will surely put ev­ery­one in the spirit.

One of those new projects, Trees in the Park, has re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port from the com­mu­nity right out of the gate, ac­cord­ing to Melissa Robin­son, man­ager of Liver­pool’s Best Western who is or­ga­niz­ing the project with lo­cal busi­ness owner Chas­sity Al­li­son.

“Ini­tially, our goal was to have 25 Christ­mas trees in the park along the banks of the river, each spon­sored by a lo­cal busi­ness,” she ex­plains. How­ever, she adds, by the Oct. 31 dead­line, they had not only reached their goal, but had sur­passed it with 28 busi­nesses hav­ing signed up.

Robin­son ex­plains that each par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­ness will have their own tree along the water­front and they will be able to dec­o­rate them as they like. All trees will be lit on Thursday, Nov. 22 fol­low­ing the light­ing of the tree at the Liver­pool town hall and a pa­rade of lights to the water­front.

“In prepa­ra­tion for Liver­pool wel­com­ing vis­i­tors dur­ing the 2018 Christ­mas sea­son,” Robin­son ex­plains the South Queens Cham­ber of Com­merce de­cided to or­ga­nize the trees in the park project as a way to en­hance the beauty of Liver­pool’s water­front dur­ing this won­der­ful time of year.

The cost to pur­chase a tree was $50, with all pro­ceeds, mi­nus the costs of the trees, go­ing to the Queens Tran­sit So­ci­ety.

Robin­son ex­plains the Christ­mas trees will be in­stalled the week be­fore the Christ­mas on the Mersey cel­e­bra­tion, in time to light up the water­front for these fes­tiv­i­ties.

“We will con­tinue to leave the trees lit over the hol­i­day sea­son, cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful am­biance for lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors as they visit our shops and ex­plore Queens County,” she says.

The Christ­mas on the Mersey fes­tiv­i­ties of­fi­cially get un­der­way on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. with a tree light­ing cer­e­mony on Main Street in front of the town hall and the children’s choir singing Christ­mas car­ols. From there, par­tic­i­pants will pa­rade to the water­front for the light­ing of the trees in the park.

Robin­son ex­plains the Na­tive Coun­cil of Nova Sco­tia will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in this por­tion of the pro­gram, as they will carry lit torches in ca­noes down the Mersey River.

“It will be a beau­ti­ful sight,” she ex­plains point­ing out that the 545 Pri­va­teer Air Cadets and mem­bers of the Queens Or­ange Rangers will be also be tak­ing part in the pro­gram, as will the Re­gion of Queens, which has agreed to keep the lights lit through­out the three-weeks of cel­e­bra­tions.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties planned for the Christ­mas on the Mersey cel­e­bra­tions in­clude a Christ­mas craft fair on Nov. 24 at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Liver­pool, the Liver­pool Santa Clause Pa­rade on the evening of Nov. 25, the Fes­ti­val of Trees at the Queens County Mu­seum, Mer­chant Day cel­e­bra­tions on Dec. 1 in Liver­pool, the an­nual Ki­wa­nis Christ­mas Con­cert on Dec. 2 at The As­tor Theatre and the Hol­i­day House Tour on Dec. 8.

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The Christ­mas on the Mersey fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin Nov. 22 with a tree light­ing cer­e­mony on Main Street in Liver­pool.

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