Festival of Lights starts Thursday

Kathy Johnson
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Gerald Acker decorates the lobster pot Christmas tree at McGray’s Avenue in North East Point with boughs. The tree lighting on Dec. 2 marks the start of the Municipality of Barrington’s annual Festival of Lights celebration marking the start of the Christmas and lobster seasons. Kathy Johnson photo

By Kathy Johnson   The Municipality of Barrington’s annual Festival of Lights celebration marking the start of the Christmas and lobster seasons gets underway this Thursday (Dec.2) and continues until Sunday.

The festivities will open at the North East Point Gazebo on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. with the lighting of the lobster pot Christmas tree, music, carrolling,  hot chocolate and fireworks.

 There will also be an LED Christmas lights exchange where  two sets of old incandescent holiday lights can be traded for one set of  LED holiday light string for free.

On Friday, Dec. 3, the Barrington Municipal Library will be the venue for a Christmas program that will feature musical entertainment by Proclaiming Puppeteers. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand to give out treats and refreshments will be served.  The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and continuing until 8 p.m.  All are welcome. 

The ever popular, annual ERMES craft market in Shag Harbour is on tap for Saturday, opening at 10 a.m. While there have your picture taken with Santa, with proceeds going towards the Rosalin Nickerson Care Fund Society.

On Saturday night, the annual Barrington and Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade will make its’ way through the Barrington Passage business district, with donations to local food banks collected along the way.

The parade begins at 7 p.m. at the former Barrington Municipal High School site, ending at Causeway Interiors. To register, call Bobbi Jo at 745-1655 or pick up a form at Wilson’s Shopping Centre.

A visit from Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Island and Barrington Passage Fire Hall on Sunday, Dec. 5 will wrap up the celebration. Milk and cookies will be served and children’s Christmas crafts will be available to make. Santa will also be giving out treat bags.

Organizations: Barrington Municipal Library, Rosalin Nickerson Care Fund Society, Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Barrington Municipal High School

Geographic location: Barrington Passage, Shag Harbour

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