Area communities in festive spirits

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The holidays are just around the corner, although it may not look like it, and communities in the surrounding areas are preparing to get into the festive spirit with several events planned for area residents to enjoy.

Whether you are looking to take in a Christmas market or enjoy a holiday light-up event, here are some of the communities which are celebrating the festive season.

Village of Carbon

Start your Christmas shopping on Saturday, November 27 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Carbon Library’s Christmas Market.

Afterwards, enjoy some donuts and hot chocolate, Christmas caroling, and horse-drawn wagon rides at the Village of Carbon’s Christmas Light Up starting at 6 p.m. at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Glengarry Street.

Special guests Frosty the Snowman and Santa will be at the Carbon Library to hand out presents to children, and gift bags for children donated by the Carbon Legion will also be available.

Village of Delia

Downtown Delia has been decorated by the Delia in Bloom committee. Although there was no official event, members of the group got together on the afternoon of Monday, November 15 to decorate.

Village of Hussar

The Hussar Light Up the Night Committee will be hosting the seventh annual Light up the Night event at the Hussar Campground on Saturday, December 4.

A community fire pit will be set up for attendees to keep warm, with hot chocolate available at the camp kitchen. There will also be Christmas caroling. All money raised will be donated to the Hussar Crisis Fund.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be a walk-through event.

Village of Morrin

Although there are no events planned for the Village of Morrin, Christmas street lights are expected to be put up this week.

Village of Munson

There are no plans for any festive events in the Village of Munson as of press time.

Village of Rockyford

Rockyford Library will be hosting a Christmas Market on Saturday, December 11 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Rockyford Community Centre. There will be a Light Up the Night parade and those interested in entering a float in the parade are asked to meet at the Rockyford Community Centre at 6:30 p.m.; prizes will be awarded for the top three best floats and Santa is expected to make a special appearance during the parade. Public skating at the Rockyford Arena will take place following the parade--those wishing to participate will need to provide proof of vaccination, medical exemption, or negative, private COVID-19 test--and there will be a bonfire with free hot chocolate and popcorn followed by a horse and sleigh ride around the village at 8:30 p.m.

Village of Standard

The Village of Standard is in talks about their annual Christmas light competition. Finalized plans were not available by press time.

Town of Drumheller

WinterFest, which is being hosted by the Festival of Lights committee, kicked off with the annual Festival of Lights and tree lighting on Saturday, November 20, with weekend activities planned through December 18. Among the tentatively planned activities are a Santa Saturday and Chilly (chili) Cook-off at the plaza on November 27, and Christmas Around the World on December 4 with various cultural food and beverages to sample at the plaza.

Check out the Festival of Lights committee website for more information on upcoming WinterFest activities at festivaloflightsdrum.wixsite.com/mysite.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail

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