Country Christmas

Sherry Martell
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Wallace to celebrate the season Dec. 11

Country Christmas

Wallace - A holiday celebration, which began as a small commercial event, has grown to unite an entire community during the Christmas season.

Wallace resident and businessman Gerald Langille was one of the first people to spearhead the annual Wallace Country Christmas festivities, which has become one of the North Shore community's favorite social events of the year.

"Every year it gets a little bigger with a bit more added to it," said Langille.

In the early years the celebration was a cooperative effort hosted by several rural business that held open houses and offered shoppers specials on a Sunday afternoon.

Now festivities are held from morning into the night with a number of community groups participating, a street parade and fireworks over Wallace Bay.

This year, the celebration will be held on Dec. 11.

"It's a day that brings everybody together," said Langille.

He said for some it is a social occasion to spend time with old friends that they may only see once a year.

Langille's miniature horses love attention and will be penned outside his business in the village centre for visitors to pet.

A very special horse, Casey, has been enlisted to carry Santa Claus around the village during the parade, as well as while as he makes surprise visits to residents and businesses throughout the evening.

Wallace County Christmas schedule of events:

Community Hall -open from noon to 7:30 p.m., craft tables, raffles, music, complimentary tea and coffee, children's games and activities with lots of prizes.

Photos taken with Santa from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a Toonie, bring your letters to Santa to a special mailbox. From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Matthew's Presbyterian Church will offer takeout baked beans and brown bread supper.

Outside the hall- hot chocolate and treats supplied by Tim Hortons Children's Camp, Wallace Brownies group barbecue.

Masonic Hall- homemade chili and soup supper from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., $7 per person.

Langille's Meat Mart- miniature horses on display all day.

St. John United Church- hot apple cider and carol sing at 6 p.m., followed by the lighting of the sixth annual Light The Spirit Campaign Christmas Tree and Angels at 6:45 p.m.

Street Parade- beginning from Wallace Consolidated School at 7:30 p.m., featuring miniature horse, floats, fire trucks, and Santa. Girl Guides will be collected food bank donations along the parade route.

Fireworks- at the waterfront about 8 p.m.

Organizations: Wallace Country Christmas, Presbyterian Church, Wallace Consolidated School

Geographic location: North Shore, Wallace Bay

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