Christmas craft sales, Santa visits and parades across the Island this weekend

MANITOULIN—December is a busy month on Manitoulin with plenty of holiday fun for the whole family!

The Christmas cheer gets started this Friday, November 4 with Journey to Bethlehem from 6 to 8:30 pm. The multi-denominational, family oriented outdoor presentation of the Christmas story is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The event starts at the Mindemoya Missionary Church and runs from 6 to 8:30 pm on both Friday and Saturday (December 5). Free will offerings are encouraged.

Saturday morning starts with more holiday fun with the Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Little Current United Church Hall from 9 to 10:30 am. The cost is $5 per person and includes juice, bacon, sausage and pancakes with maple syrup. As well, each child will go home with a surprise gift from Santa. Bring your camera to take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Anglican Christmas Luncheon runs from 11 am to 2 pm at the Lyons Memorial Church Hall. There will be a luncheon, bazaar, cookie walk, candy sale and kids corner. The luncheon will be $8 for adults, $3.50 for children five to eight and free for kids under the age of five.

St. Bernards Church in Little Current will be holding its Snowflake Tea from 11 am to 1 pm. Lunch will include soup, sandwiches and festive desserts for $10 or $5 for children five to 12.

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Shop local this Christmas season and stop by the Christmas Artisan Market at the Island Jar in Little Current from 10 am to 4 pm.

As well, there will be a great opportunity to shop local when downtown Mindemoya hosts its Christmas Shopping Spree from 9 am to 5 pm.

 A fine fair Jim Chrysler tosses one of his soft machine-washable balls into the air at his wife Sandra’s booth during the annual Little Current United Church Christmas Craft Sale. The Chryslers joined a host of other vendors in offering up plenty of hand-crafted items perfect for Christmas giving to that special someone. photo by Michael Erskine

A fine fair
Jim Chrysler tosses one of his soft machine-washable balls into the air at his wife Sandra’s booth during the annual Little Current United Church Christmas Craft Sale. The Chryslers joined a host of other vendors in offering up plenty of hand-crafted items
perfect for Christmas giving to that special someone.
photo by Michael Erskine

Be sure to stop in at the Island Foodland, Gaurdian Pharmacy, The Roosterant, The Green Gazebo, Mum’s Restaurant, Rock and Rail Gift Shop, Cindy’s Fashions, Jakes’ Home Centre, Everything Under the Sun Consignment, Kat’s Pet Supplies, Rylan’s Clothing and Williamson’s Hardware/Uptop Sports Shop. There will be great deals, in store specials, raffle draws and prizes.

There will be two Santa Claus parades Saturday evening on Manitoulin. The first will take place in Gore Bay at 7:30 pm.

Participants will meet at C.C. McLean School at 7 pm with the route going north on Meredith Street, west on Dawson Street, south on Phipps Street, west on Eleanor Street, south on Laird Street, east on Main Street, north on Water Street, west on Dawson Street, south on Meredith Street and back to C.C. McLean School.

To register your float contact Stasia at the Gore Bay Municipal Office at 705-282-2420.

The Little Current Santa Claus Parade starts at 6 pm. Participants/floats are asked to arrive at the former town office parking lot (behind the LCBO) by 5:30 pm.

The route will head up Meredith Street, turn right at Red Mill Road and right again at Robinson Street, before heading downtown.

There will be caroling and hot chocolate at the cenotaph and Santa will stop downtown for a meet and greet and tree lighting following the parade. Anyone interested in walking or entering a float please call Lisa Hallaert at (705) 368-2825.

Non-perishable food items and new toys for Manitoulin Family Resources will be collected along the parade route by Orr’s Valu-Mart.

Merry Christmas!