BARRINGTON, N.S. – The Festival of Lights celebration marking the start of the lobster season and the Christmas season soon gets underway in the Municipality of Barrington.
The lighting of the lobster pot Christmas tree on the North East Point waterfront followed by fireworks (weather permitting) on Thursday (Nov. 23) starting at 6 p.m. will get the festivities started. A visit from Santa to the Island and Barrington Passage Fire Hall in Centerville is on tap for Friday evening starting at 6 p.m.
Canada 150 is the theme for the fourth annual lobster dip on Saturday (Nov. 25) in North East Point. The Lobster Dip is a fundraiser for the local We to Me team at Barrington Municipal High School. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with participants taking the plunge at noon. Organizers are hoping to attract 150 participants, with an offer of Canada 150 swag (tote bag, toque and finishing medal).
The Barrington and Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade of Lights is also being held this Saturday (Nov. 25), starting at 7 p.m. The parade follows a route through the Barrington Passage business district on Highway 3 from T.L. Swaine Ltd. to Causeway Interiors. Donations for the local foodbank will be collected along the way as will gently used winter clothing by the Ingomar Faith Wesleyan Church. Parade applications are accepted up until noon the day of the parade. Applications are available online via the chamber’s Facebook page or website or at Wilson’s Home Hardware Building Center in Barrington Passage.
Christmas at the Fairgrounds is a new event just added to the Festival of Lights line-up. Being held at the Barrington Municipal Exhibition Grounds on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., an open air vendor’s market, horse and wagon rides, carol singers, a living nativity, face painting, a Christmas tree decorating contest, bouncy castles, a visit and pictures with Santa and a toy and food drive are included in the day’s activities.
A number of tables are still available for the vendor’s market. Tables are $10 each and can be reserved by contacting the Barrington Municipal Exhibition Committee via their Facebook page, The Big Little Ex, or calling 902-637-8275. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children.
Donations of food and toys that will be given to local families in need will be collected. The trees from the Christmas tree decorating contest are also going to be donated.
Other activities and events also include a Christmas Tea for seniors, on Dec. 8, 1 pm, at the Barrington and Area Lions Hall. If you want to attend you must reserve your chair, by calling 902-637-2015.
The Festival will end on Dec. 9, with the Lighting of the Seal Island Light Museum Lens and an Old-Fashioned Christmas Concert at the Old Meeting House Museum, 6:45 p.m.
• Nov. 22: Merry Little Christmas Shopping Party, Island & Barrington Fire Hall, Centreville, Cape Sable Island, 6-8 p.m.
• Nov. 23: Lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree, 7 p.m., followed by fireworks
• Nov. 24: Visit with Santa, Island & Barrington Passage Fire Hall, Centreville, 6 p.m.
• Nov. 25: Canada 150 Lobster Dip at noon at the causeway. Registration from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
• Nov. 25: Barrington & Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade of Lights at 7 p.m.
• Nov. 30: Christmas Craft Program for Children, Barrington Municipal Library, 6-7 p.m.
• Dec. 1: Family Christmas Concert with Lynne Crowell, Wesley Heritage Centre, Barrington, 7 p.m.
• Dec. 2: ERMES Christmas Craft Market, Evelyn Richardson Memorial Elementary School, Shag Harbour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Dec. 2: Build Your Own Gingerbread House children's program, Barrington Municipal Library, 10 a.m.
• Dec. 2: New event, Christmas at the Fairgrounds, Barrington Exhibition grounds, 12-4 p.m.
• Dec. 3: Barrington & Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas House Tour
• Dec. 9: Woods Harbour Community Centre Christmas Craft Sale, 10 a.m.
• Dec. 9: Reindeer Dash, Sherose Island Rec Centre, 10 a.m.
• Dec. 9: Skate with Santa, Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena, 6-7:30 p.m.
• Dec. 9: Lighting of the Seal Island Light Museum Lens and Old Fashioned Christmas Concert, Old Meeting House Museum, 6:45 p.m. Hosted by the Cape Sable Historical Society. Dress warmly. Refreshments served afterwards at the Old Court House.