Deck the halls in Sher­brooke Vil­lage

The Casket - - Local - SAM MAC­DON­ALD sam­mac­don­[email protected]­cas­ket.ca

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.

Back­ground

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

level."

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.

Con­tributed

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.

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