Old fashioned family fun at Christmas Festival

Building a Christmas wreath was one of the popular activities at the Grand Old Christmas Festival at the museum.

The grounds of the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum were packed Sunday Dec. 2/2018 for the 42nd Annual Grand Old Christmas Festival.

Hot apple cider, roasted chestnuts, Christmas crafts were just a few of the highlights of the festival.

“This is amazing,” museum curator Stephanie Powell Baswick said Sunday. “I think every family in Port Colborne has turned out for this today.”

Around the grounds, families were enjoying the many activities offered at the event. A wreath making workshop was  a favourite with the families. Over at the blacksmith shop, the display was busy as people saw how things were made in pioneering days.

The sweet sounds of Christmas carols could be heard by the McKay Public School choir and Arabella’s Tea Room was busy serving up the traditional Christmas pudding and sauce.

Santa was in the old schoolhouse taking pictures with families and there was candle making and log sawing as well.

“It’s so nice to see the families coming out,” Powell Baswick said. “I’ve been around long enough to watch some of the kids as they grow up. They came here as kids to get their photo taken with Santa Claus or enjoy the hot apple cider and chestnuts, now they are bringing their kids to this event.”

Pudding week continues this week, Dec. 3 – Dec. 8 at Arabella’s Tea Room on the museum grounds. Funds raised go to help the museum’s programming.