Blyth Hometown Holiday, Brussels Santa Claus parade, Londesboro Community Christmas this weekend
BY DENNY SCOTT
Several local communities are marking the holiday season with some big events over this weekend.
The Blyth Business Improvement Area (BIA) will be hosting its Hometown Holiday Weekend starting Friday and running to Sunday, while the Brussels community will have its annual Santa Claus parade on Saturday at 5 p.m. followed by the Brussels Morris and Grey Recreation Committee’s free skating party from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Londesborough company Nature’s Nest will be having its “Christmas at the Nest” at its store and throughout the community.
The Hometown Holiday Weekend is an ambitious project stretching three days that includes the annual Lighting of the Lights as well as many special activities.
Activities on Friday, Nov. 30 begin with the Christmas Night Market, running from 6-11 p.m., that features local artists and vendors, the Lighting of the Lights at 7 p.m. and A (Really) Retro Crooner Christmas by Link Theatre at 8 p.m. All events are set for Memorial Hall.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston’s Fashion Arts and Creative Textile Studio (FACTS) will be hosting a free craft demonstration and fibre artist market at the Bainton Gallery from noon to 7 p.m.
A Festive Dog/Christmas Canine Costume Contest will be judged at Lions Park at noon, and the dogs will be invited to participate in the Santa Claus parade, which will be going down main street after 2 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be posing for photos from 3-4 p.m. at Memorial Hall and, from 5:30-7 p.m. a traditional family dinner will be held at Memorial Hall. The dinner will be followed by a dance featuring The Cultural Collective from South Huron, as well as a performance by Huron Victim Services’ Dancing with the Stars bronze-medal winners Les Cook and Julie Sawchuk.
On Sunday, firefighters from the Fire Department of North Huron will host a community breakfast at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall from 8-10:30 a.m. A Christmas movie will then be screened at Blyth Memorial Community Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
FACTS will host its Holiday Handcrafting Weekend workshops from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bainton Gallery at Blyth Memorial Hall.
At 7:30 p.m., the Blyth United Church will host the Blyth community Advent service.
Through the BIA’s Hometown Holiday Weekend, visitors are encouraged to seek out elves and take self-photographs with them.
Visitors are encouraged to find either elves or local business people dressed as elves, take a selfie and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #elfieselfieblyth.
For more information, visit
blythnow.com or the Blyth BIA on Facebook.