Parade of Lights
Parade du Pere Noël
by Brad Aubin
“Christmas past” came to life once again as the Sturgeon River House Museum welcomed visitors for some old-fashioned holiday fun at the annual Traditional Christmas.
On Sunday, Dec. 9, over 200 people filed into the museum for an afternoon of Christmas activities including cookie decorating, candle dipping, a hot chocolate bar, a variety of games and crafts, as well as pancakes and sausage to feed the crowd.
Of course, it’s not a traditional Christmas without the man in red himself, Santa, who was there with Mrs. Claus to take photos and bring joy to the hundreds of little ones in attendance.
“It was a huge hit again this year,” beams Renee-Anne Paquette, Museum Coordinator. “A lot of people tell us every year that this is their kick-off to the holiday season. They come here with their kids, then go home and put their Christmas tree up. It’s become a tradition for many families!”
The event is one of many activities the museum now offers local families, having re-branded itself as more than a museum, sort of a community hub.
Ladies from the local UCFO (Union culturelle des Franco-ontariennes) showed the little ones how to make traditional Christmas crafts such as candle dipping during the museum’s annual “Traditional Christmas” Sunday, Dec. 9. Shown above is UCFO member Rachelle Gagné and Kloey Ayotte, 8.
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