My Christmas Gift to Almonte

My Christmas Gift to Almonte…

Christmas in Almonte is one of the most magical times of year. It begins with the shopkeepers Christmas Street Market night in late November, followed by the festive “Light Up The Night” event on the first Friday in December, where Mill Street turns on the Christmas Lights to start the season, to the evening Santa Claus Parade on the Sunday. Friends and neighbours and families come together to celebrate the season.

In keeping with the spirit of giving this holiday season, I have rented the Old Almonte Town Hall on Sunday, December 9th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., where I am hosting a Free Family Movie Afternoon, featuring the timely classic – The Santa Clause. Admission is absolutely free, but I will be collecting donations of a non-perishable food item for the Lanark County Food Bank in Carleton Place. During a season where so m
any of us have so much, it’s important to remember that not everyone is as blessed, and I want to help support this much needed service in our community.

The Mississippi Mills Youth Centre has been invited to join me, and they are setting up a canteen in the Town Hall where they will sell refreshments for a small fee.

I held a Facebook contest earlier in the fall to help decide which movie people would most like to see, and The Santa Clause won hands-down. (There weren’t many votes for It’s a Wonderful Life which is my favourite Christmas Movie…. Maybe next year?)

The Santa Clause is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy family comedy film stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve. When he and his young son, Charlie, finish St. Nick’s trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole where Scott learns that he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed Father Christmas. The movie was shot in the Toronto area, so it’s almost a “local” movie!

It seems like a perfect winter afternoon activity, to add to a family-friendly, activity-filled weekend – and then afterwards, movie-goers can head to the streets to take part in Almonte’s Annual Santa Clause Parade.

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