If you aren’t in the Christmas mood yet there are plenty of events to be had in the Region of Queens Municipality that will surely turn a frown around.
The South Queens Chamber of Commerce (SQCC) will be hosting its annual Christmas on the Mersey event promoting and celebrating the season. SQCC is the event's umbrella organization and helps promote the many events that are going on.
“Everything is full on. It’s building momentum heading to Christmas,” said Heather Kelly, executive director of the SQCC. “The last couple of years haven’t been good so we’re trying to go full force with it.”
The almost month-long calendar of events kicks off Nov. 26 with a lighting of the trees at Privateer Park, Queens County Museum and the Hank Snow Museum.
Kelly said they expect to have 50 trees in place and decorated by local businesses and individuals in South Queens.
The trees will remain up and lit through to Jan. 5 to give more time for more people to enjoy.
The evening’s festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, where there will be music and other activities, including an interpretive talk by a Mi’kmaw representative who will explain Indigenous celebrations that will be held later in the evening.
Those in attendance will then be led down Main Street to Market Street to Privateer Park for more activities, including Mi’kmaw Christmas celebrations that will feature paddlers who will arrive to the area with torches and light a large fire. They will then perform a round of dance with a drum circle celebration.
Nov. 28 marks the return of the Liverpool Fire Department’s Christmas parade, which will kick-off at 6 p.m. at Queens Place Emera Centre and wind its way through downtown.
The annual shopping day event promotion will be held Dec. 4.
Participating businesses will have specials throughout the day and shoppers can fill out ballots, with no purchase necessary, to win a special prize — a basket full of gifts from local businesses.
“The businesses love it, especially the shopping day which brings so many people out onto the streets. They liken it to when Liverpool was bustling back in the 70s and 80s, when there were so many businesses and people out shopping all the time,” said Kelly.
Other events over the next few weeks include the Queens County Museum annual Christmas Festival of Trees & Dickensville, running from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23, Wednesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The lineup at the Astor Theatre kicks off with the 90th Kiwanis Community Christmas Concert on Dec. 5. Then there will be Lennie Gallant’s Christmas show on Dec. 8. Dec. 12 will feature a dramatic reading of the Christmas Carol, and a concert with Matt Andersen and Friends in the evening.
Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin