A weekend full of Christmas spirit and festive fun

A weekend full of Christmas spirit and festive fun.

  • Dec. 2, 2015 8:00 a.m.
Festival of Trees at the Fort St. James National Historic Park.

Festival of Trees at the Fort St. James National Historic Park.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

 

From Friday Nov. 27 – 29, the Fort St. James community had their choice of various fun-filled festive activities to choose from to help them get into the Christmas spirit.

The Festival of Trees kicked off the weekend at the Old Historic Park. Organizer, Jaqueline Soles was thrilled with the result as 31 trees were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

“About $5000.00 was raised in total including the auction and donations,” Soles said. It’s so great for the kids.” The proceeds will support the Fort St. James Secondary School Grade 9 class on their trip to Haida Gwaii, B.C.

Moonlight Madness was another huge success as people shopped their way through local shops and Santa arrived for the parade in between.

It was a frosty night but a warm bonfire brought along a huge crowd where everyone gathered to share hot chocolate and hot dogs as brightly lit floats made their way down Stuart Street.

Santa appeared at the Old Historic Park for photos. Some children were eager and others a little shy as they made their way to the big man in red and shared their Christmas wishes.

A Heritage Christmas presented by the Friends at the Historic Park concluded the festivities. Children took part in craft making and gingerbread decorating. Live entertainment, hot dogs, homemade ice crèam and hot chocolate were on hand as everyone celebrated an old fashioned community Christmas.