Emily Southwood –
The first snowfall of the year reminds us that the countdown to Christmas has begun with lots to look forward to in and around the Valley. The best of holiday cheer will infuse multiple community events. Here’s the lowdown on what’s in store for those eager to kick start the holiday season.
The Rudolph Fun Run/Walk, currently in its ninth edition, will take place on Saturday, November 24th. Last year over 220 participants joined in to raise funds towards the purchase of Christmas baskets that were handed out to local families in need. Once again this year there will be a 1 km, 2 km, 5 km and 10 km trek available. Participants and their cheering sections are invited to bring the whole family, and not to forget to wear something red or green (or better yet a red nose or antlers). The minimum donation to participate is $5 per adult. Registration will begin at 8:30am at the Ormstown Rec Centre (87 rue Roy) with the first leg departing at 9am.
The Santa Parade will come to Howick and Très Saint Sacrement on Saturday, December 1st. In its eleventh edition, the parade will depart from Howick Elementary School (5 Lambton Street) and make its way through the streets of Howick. The Scouts will collect non-perishable food and donations along the way (last year $3000 was raised to benefit the community) and the Howick Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to ensure everyone’s safety. The community is invited to enter floats, volunteer for the event and make charitable donations towards Christmas Baskets. Contact the municipality.
Enchanted Christmas will come once again to Ormstown, turning the downtown center into a wintery celebration on December 2nd from 1pm to 4pm. The afternoon will include live music, refreshments, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Santa himself will make an appearance to listen to Christmas wishes. Expect fun activities for kids such as face painting and a bouncy castle. Ormstown merchants will once again welcome the crowds with Christmas cheer, candy canes and hot cocoa.
The Holiday Christmas Market will also take place in Ormstown on Sunday, December 2nd at the Rec Centre (87 Rue Roy). Festive music will welcome shoppers to what’s touted as the “the biggest and best Christmas Market south of Montreal.” This year’s market will host close to 40 vendors with everything from woodwork gifts and knitted garments to wild boar cutlets. Expect to find zero resale, only artisanal producers. The market will be open from 10am to 4pm.