The 12 Days of Holiday Happiness - theHumm December 2018
The 12 Days of Holiday Happiness - theHumm December 2018
By Miss Mills, Puppet Reporter
The 12 Days of Christmas don’t start until December 25, but since winter’s definitely here to stay I thought you might all need to know about the 12 Days of Holiday Happiness happening in Mississippi Mills.
On Friday, December 7, you can share that warm fuzzy feeling with a few thousand neighbours and friends at Light Up the Night — taking place from 7–10pm in downtown Almonte. Head down to Mill Street and be delighted by a variety of performers providing entertainment for all ages, not to mention glorious fireworks and a visit from Santa!
Don’t miss Santa’s favourite day on Saturday, December 8 when he’ll appear at the Pakenham Santa Claus Parade! Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and head downtown at 1pm for an old-fashioned festive parade, followed by hot chocolate, hot dogs and public skating at the arena. That very evening, Almonte in Concert presents Project Aria’s Christmas Home. The description alone is enough to make me run out and buy my tickets right now: “A cozy house, a fire crackling on the hearth, the scent of pine and spice… this is a time for friends and family to reconnect and gather around the piano to share music and stories, filling the warm air with laughter and love. Partake in this very special ambiance with the always-versatile Guy Few on trumpet, soprano Leslie Fagan, and pianist Stephanie Mara as they celebrate the holidays in a festive mix of traditional carols, jazzy Christmas songs, classic Christmas stories, and even some sing-alongs.” Find out more at almonteinconcert.com .
I think we should count December 8 thrice (that means “three times” in holiday-speak) on our list of 12 special days, because there’s also an Almonte Farmers’ Market Holiday Market taking place at the Almonte Community Centre from 9am to 2pm. All your favourite vendors (plus special invited guests) will be there to help with your holiday entertaining and gift-giving!
Sparkly lights will brighten up the evening at the Almonte Santa Claus Parade — an annual favourite for adults and children alike! On Sunday, December 9, the parade starts at 5pm the Almonte & District Community Centre and travels down Mill Street, around town and back again.
And I’m gonna count December 9 twice in my “happy day” list, because the Valley Voices Community Choir cordially invites you to come warm up after the Almonte Santa Claus Parade with warm drinks, great stories, and beautiful music for the whole family. Their annual Christmas concert takes place at the Almonte United Church (106 Elgin Street). Doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 7:30. Choir members look forward to singing for you and telling Christmas stories. Tickets are available at Baker Bob’s or at the door for only $10, and partial proceeds from the concert go to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. What a great way to finish off the weekend!
Then on Saturday, December 15, bring the whole family to the Mill of Kintail between 11am and 3pm to enjoy wagon rides, a nature scavenger hunt, holiday music, crafts, photos with Santa and more! The Kintail Country Christmas is becoming a wonderful holiday tradition — a delightful antidote to crowded malls and frenzied festivities.
December 15 gets counted as “twice as nice” too, because that selfsame evening you can head over to the Almonte Old Town Hall to catch ’Twas the Trial Before Christmas. Intrigued? Well you should be! Take a look at the article on page 21 to find out more.
December 16 brings The Big Sing to the Almonte Old Town Hall — find out more about this participatory musical fundraiser for The Hub on page 12 of this issue.
There’s a very special event taking place on Thursday, December 20 at 7pm at the Almonte Old Town Hall — the Riverwalk Holiday Variety Fundraiser! Featuring Sage Age Theatre, the Ukulele Ladies, the Valley Voices Community Choir and Cratur Celtic fiddle band, this two-hour family-friendly variety show will include holiday music, comedy skits, poetry, Christmas carols and a whole lot of fun. This festive occasion will leave you feeling warm, cozy, and excited for the holiday season! Performances will be created, performed, and donated by local community groups with all proceeds raised to support phase two of the Almonte Riverwalk project and the rebuilding of the Millworkers’ Staircase on Coleman Island. Come hungry and have dessert! Canteen goodies will be provided by the Riverwalk Advisory Committee for donations before the show and at intermission. Tickets are $15 from the Almonte OId Town Hall. For more information, please contact 256–1077 x22 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
You’ve got another chance to stock up for your holiday feasts on December 22 from 10am to 4pm at the Christmas Market at Rock-n-Horse Farm rocknhorsefarm.ca . Featuring food (baking, meat, produce, preserves, ferments) and artisanal gifts (pottery, wood and more), there will also be hay rides, barn tours, lunch and a kids’ craft table.
To round out the month, don’t forget to grab tickets to the New Year’s Eve Rag Bag Cabaret — see page 14 for all the deets.
So that’s a dozen days (well, events!) for you, but of course you can get your fill of holiday happiness any old day, simply by visiting the friendly local shops, restaurants and attractions of Mississippi Mills. But you knew that, because you read theHumm.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
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