The sights and sounds of the holiday season will fill the small town of Thornbury on Saturday December 8th as the 36th annual Olde Fashioned Christmas takes place. Take this opportunity to spend your Saturday afternoon with loved ones enjoying the spirit of the holiday season. With just weeks until Christmas, this annual event is known for spreading holiday cheer throughout the town.
Beginning in the early afternoon at 12:30pm, the fun-filled activities kick off downtown. It will be easy to fill your day full of fun with holiday music, scrumptious treats, a magic show, an interactive story time, cookie decorating station and much more. Children will get a chance to visit Santa’s Hut and share their wish list with jolly old St. Nick. With spirits high and bellies full, the festivities will conclude on Saturday evening at 9pm.
The streets of Thornbury are transformed into a winter wonderland with glistening lights and elegant Christmas decorations. As snowflakes dance with the cool breeze, holiday music fills the air. Upon the snowy sidewalk, meticulously carved ice sculptures stand proud. The precise detail of every icy angle contributes to the sheer beauty of these displays.
As you wander down the sidewalk, you will notice the captivating storefront windows that have been decorated by local business owners. Inside the shops you will find delicious treats, fun activities and an opportunity to do some quality Christmas shopping. This annual festivity allows local stores to extend a much deserved “Thank you” to their loyal customers for shopping locally all year long.
hot chocolate nestled against cold
hands, festive treats to fill a rumbling
belly, and much anticipated visits with
Santa Clause will bring smiles to the
faces of all. Don’t miss out on a chance
to seize the winter season at
Thornbury’s Olde Fashioned Christmas!
Nothing gets you quite into the holiday
spirit like an afternoon full of festive
cheer while surrounded by loving friends and
family. The small town of Thornbury was
filled with enthusiasm for the coming of
Christmas during the annual Olde Fashioned
Christmas on Saturday December 8th
2012. To celebrate thirty six years of old
fashioned fun, this year’s Olde Fashioned
Christmas was even better than ever.
In addition to these great events for children, there was lots of fun to be had downtown Thornbury for the whole family. There were horse drawn carriage rides throughout the town, music bellowing throughout the main street and an opportunity for people to participate in a holiday beverage passport. This gave folks a chance to sample the delightful offerings at local restaurants, including the Bruce Wine Bar, The Dam Pub and many other local watering holes.
As the sun was setting, the fun was only getting started! Public skating was offered at the Beaver Valley Community Centre, along with delicious chili made by the Kinettes to warm a cold belly. Another bustling spot was the Beaver Valley Outreach that attracted customers with their 50% off sale at the Treasure Shop. The B.V.O is a great place to pick up gently used clothing, books and toys all year round.
The peak of the fantastic and festive event was at 6pm with the tree lighting at the Town Hall. The magnificent tree perched next to the mill pond lit up the town. Just in the nick of time, Santa Claus made his grand appearance in the downtown square where children quickly gathered to share their wish lists. There was quite a line up for Santa all evening as children excitedly sat on his knee and asked for their favourite toys for Christmas.
The remainder of the evening was full of
standing on the sidewalk and taking in all
of the magic of the night, I was startled to
see a young man taking on the persona of an
old fashioned wind up toy. Children squealed
strolling into the Thornbury Bakery for a
yummy candy cane brownie, the shop was
filled with beautiful Christmas songs as
carollers appeared out of no where. It was
almost like a flash mob of carollers had
taken over the downtown stores! The group of
carollers were by far my favourite part of
the entire evening.
Out on the street, the crowds began to gather for the grand event of the evening. Galen Ireland’s dance crew took over the streets with their amazing dance moves and rocking music. The performances ranged from small tots to young adults to middle aged dancers, all emitting a surge of energy across the town. At the end of the dance performances, excited young children joined in on the fun and danced a festive jig.
Whether visiting the area or simply exploring your own neighbourhood, the Olde Fashioned Christmas is one of the magical things that make this area so wonderful. It was a great place to bump into old friends, spend time with the family, and to witness all that Thornbury has to offer. If you missed out on this year’s festivities, be sure to attend next year as it will surely put you in the holiday spirit.