A perfect day for an old fashioned Christmas festival

Exploring the pioneering spirit at the Grand Old Christmas Festival.

To describe a perfect old fashioned Christmas festival you would have to talk about chestnuts roasting on the fire, hot apple cider, making crafts by hand and exploring the pioneer spirit.

That describes what was happening at the Grand Old Christmas Festival Sunday Dec. 3/2017 at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum.

Port Colborne families gathered together on the museum grounds and took part in the family friendly fun of the day.

Wreath building at the festival.

“It’s been an amazing day,” said museum curator Stephanie Powell Baswick. “The weather is absolutely beautiful and it’s great to see Port Colborne families enjoying themselves here at the museum.”

Within the first hour Sunday it is estimated that over 300 people came through the gates to enjoy the festival. Before that, people lined up patiently for the sale of the Christmas Pudding to begin.

“The line-up for the Christmas Pudding from Arabella’s Tea Room was down to King St. before 11:30 a.m.,” Stephanie Powell Baswick said. “It was amazing, I took pictures of it.”

Interactive heritage events are the mainstay of the popular festival.

“We have a lot of people smiling, enjoying the events,” she said. “We have chestnuts roasting on the fire, a build-your-own wreath station and the Pathfinders helping people build their own ornaments too.”

The favourites were also there, the log sawing, the live exhibit at the Blacksmith Shop, arts and crafts in the L.R. Wilson Heritage Building and the horse-drawn carriage ride.

“This is just a fine old-fashioned fun event for the whole family,” Stephanie Powell Baswick said. “It’s so nice to see all these families coming together here.”

Roasted chestnuts were a favourite at the festival.



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