Posted On: Friday, November 22, 2019West Grey prepares for holiday season
WEST GREY, ON—West Grey is ramping up for the holiday season with celebrations scheduled across the municipality.
“This is the time of year when we all come together to celebrate community and foster lasting bonds,” said Mayor Christine Robinson. “Thank you to all of our volunteers and community groups who bring these events to life and make this time of year so special.”
--- The annual Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree will take place at the Centennial Hall on Saturday, November 30 with events throughout the day.
The Normanby Optimists are hosting a make-and-take holiday craft session for children at 1 p.m. at the Normanby School. Call 519-665-2137 to reserve space(s).
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. a free horse and wagon ride will launch from Centennial Hall and then head inside for the annual Chili Cookoff.
At 5:30 p.m. the Holstein Belles will sing around the newly planted Christmas Tree at the Ball Park with the tree lighting to follow.
Everyone is welcome to go skating at the arena at 7 p.m. to cap the day off or head to the Trinity Lutheran Church for a screening of the movie Elf along with popcorn and snacks.
--- New this year to the community is a giant globe of lights set up at the Ayton Library. The eye-catching structure is a perfect place to sit and get those holiday photos. The globe was purchased by the Municipality with a main street improvement grant and in partnership with the Ayton Parks and Recreation Committee.
--- On December 19 at 7 p.m. the Trinity Lutheran Church will be hosting a Blue Christmas Service. All are welcome to attend.
--- New holiday pole lights have been purchased for the downtown core through a partnership with the municipality and the Durham BIA. On December 4 at 6 p.m. the Durham BIA will host the annual Bridge and Tree Lighting.
--- Durham Firefighter’s Association present the Durham Santa Parade on December 7 at 12:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Snowman Wonderland Christmas. For more information or to register a float call 519-369-2745 or 519-369-7442.
--- The Durham Parks and Recreation Committee will host its annual Family Christmas on December 8 at 1 p.m. at the Durham Arena Hall. For more information call 519-369-8828.
--- Durham Presbyterian Church will host its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 30 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Trinity Anglican Church Durham will host its Bazaar and Luncheon on December 7 at 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
--- The annual Community Christmas Dinner will be held at the Durham Legion on Christmas Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner is served at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
--- Friday November 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and on December 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. The United Church in Durham presents a Christmas choir performance. Free tickets are available at Eckhardt’s Floral Treasures at 519-369-6815. Food Bank donations will be accepted at the door.
--- On Sunday November 24, the annual Elmwood Tree Lighting and Christmas Party will be held at the Fire Hall from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join the community for wagon rides, crafts for kids, hot chocolate and snacks. At the Lion’s Park at 4:30 p.m. there will be Christmas carols and a countdown to the lighting of the tree.
--- On November 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church performances of “Here, the Bells!” will be held. Goodwill offerings will be accepted at the door with proceeds going to the Walkerton South Bruce Hospice Building Fund.
--- The Neustadt Firefighters Association will host a Santa Claus Parade on December 8 at 5 p.m. Afterward, everyone is invited to the arena to meet Santa, have some hot chocolate and roller skating. The parade will travel along Forler, Queen, Mill and William Streets.
--- On December 1, the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will host its annual carol service at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments and fellowship to follow.
--- The community will also notice new pole lights this year, generously purchased by the Neustadt Lions Club.
--- The West Grey Police Service has kicked off its annual Toy Drive. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the West Grey Police Service, McLean’s Home Hardware, the Durham Medical Clinic and Granny’s General Store in Neustadt and Ayton.
For more see our community calendar at www.westgrey.com
Co-ordinator, Office of the CAO