Deck the halls in Sherbrooke Village
A familiar village in the District of St. Mary’s is decking the halls later this week. The Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas is returning for another year, and will see the historical village festooned in the colours and boughs of the Christmas season, and buzzing with Christmas activity.
"It’s a wonderful event, and it brings back feelings of an oldfashioned Christmas," Lynn Hayne, fundraising coordinator for the Sherbrooke Village Christmas Village, said.
The Christmas Village is a conversion of Sherbrooke Village location into an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas gem, fully decorated and scintillating in 65,000 different lights.
"We have decorated the doors of quite a few buildings [in Sherbrooke Village], and a few of the buildings are open and decorated," Hayne said. "There are activities for kids and adults, and most of the activities are free."
What to look forward to
This year is 24th year of the Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas, and Hayne said the event has been improving with its age. The following are some of the attractions and activities guests can look forward to, if they attend. fireworks hot chocolate
Santa Claus visits a craft market and work shops dinner theatre a performance by the Kidd Brothers caroling maple candy making Victorian and children’s tea events
the Victorian Yuletide Feast, and a guided lantern tour
"On the second weekend, there’s going to be a Yuletide Feast," Hayne said. "Over the years, we’ve celebrated many different dinners, but this one is going to have a new theme altogether."
The Victorian tea will feature old China cups, servants in full costume and greeters.
The Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas, since its inception, has brought over 70,000 people to the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, has received the Crystal Tourism Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Tourism Industry of Nova Scotia, the DEANS Festival and Event Award – and has been named one of Nova Scotia’s top events by MY Destination NS.
Hayne Credited the immense success of the Old Fashioned Christmas to a squad of hardworking volunteers who help every year, to make it happen.
"It’s incredible. We have 20-40 people out there, working throughout the village – all of them volunteers. We couldn’t pay people to work together as well as they do," Hayne said. "They all have a vested interest in this event. They don’t want to see it stop, so they are willing to come on board, not only to keep it going, but to take it to another
Thinking of making the trip?
The Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas is open Nov. 23, 24 and 25. It will open again, for a day, Dec. 1.
For more information on the cost of admission for certain events and a full schedule for each day, visit https://oldfashionedchristmas.sherbrookevillage.ca.
Guests at a previous Old Fashioned Christmas, in Sherbrooke Village. This year’s Old Fashioned Christmas is coming back to the historical village in the District of St. Mary’s this weekend.