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Old Fashioned Christmas Cheer:

Thornbury Olde Fashioned Christmas 2012

By Stephanie Park

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.

Warm 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!
 


Old Fashioned Fun
By Stephanie Park

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.
The fun-filled activities started right away early Saturday afternoon. Children were occupied with the delicious and crafty treat stations at New Orleans Pizza and at the Town Hall. Once their bellies were full of yummy treats, families made their way to the L.E. Shore Memorial Library to witness the spectacular circus performance that took over the gallery. Andrew and Jessica of Guelph Circus Crew won over their audience with fabulous juggling, unicycling and acrobatics. To keep spirits high and toes warm, there was also a road hockey game taking place at Pipers Sports Bar and Grill.

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 pleasant surprises. While 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 with
excitement as he passed, and cameras flickered to capture the moment.

While 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.

Although the air was crisp, the hot apple cider at Jessica’s Book Nook and the blazing fire pots provided much relief from the frigid wind. Visitors also took refuge in downtown shops to do some Christmas shopping and to see what the unique stores have to offer. Many stores handed out delightful treats, including the Bruce Wine Bar that was serving delicious sweet potato and cashew puree soup and the yummy chocolate covered peanut butter balls handcrafted by the staff at Studio 16.

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.