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Christmas and holiday festivities kicking off in Shelburne County

Town of Shelburne employee Mike Dechamp installs a Christmas decoration on Water Street on Nov. 15. Preparations are being made across Shelburne County for the start of numerous community Christmas celebrations and events.
Town of Shelburne employee Mike Dechamp installs a Christmas decoration on Water Street on Nov. 15. Preparations are being made across Shelburne County for the start of numerous community Christmas celebrations and events. - Kathy Johnson

SHELBURNE COUNTY, N.S. – Community Christmas celebrations are getting underway in Shelburne County.

A festive favourite in the Municipality of Barrington that kicks everything off is the lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree in North East Point. The tree lighting and fireworks have been rescheduled to Sunday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. due to the weather. The tree lighting, which is the first event of Christmas at the Causeway (formerly Festival of Lights), is also a celebration of the start of the lobster fishery. The tree is decorated with buoys commemorating present day fishermen, and in memory of fishermen who have passed away or were lost at sea.

A visit from Santa to the Island Barrington Passage Fire Hall in Centerville on Nov. 23 starts at 6 p.m., the fifth annual lobster dip in support of the Me to We program at high noon in North East Point is on Nov. 24, and the Barrington and Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade of Lights, also on Nov. 24 starting at 7 p.m., are just some of the highlights for the first weekend of Christmas at the Causeway festivities.

Christmas at the Fairgrounds will be held again this year at the Barrington Municipal Exhibition grounds on Nov. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 24 from 12 to 3 p.m. A vendors’ market, live music, horse and sleigh rides throughout the fairgrounds, a Christmas tree decorating contest, a living nativity (presented by the Sou’West 4H Club), face painting, bounce castles (weather permitting), a visit from Santa, and fireworks are among the activities planned. Food and toy drives are also being conducted, with all donations going to local families.

The Christmas at the Causeway festival runs until Dec. 8. For a full schedule visit

Meanwhile in Shelburne, Christmas festivities get underway on Nov. 23 with a visit from Santa to the Guild Hall on Shelburne’s historic waterfront at 6:30 p.m. Christmas Movies is the theme for this year’s parade of lights, scheduled for Nov. 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. A Christmas craft market is also being hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary Shelburne Fire Department at the NSCC Shelburne Campus on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both Shelburne Celebrates Christmas and Christmas at the Causeway are part of the South Shore Christmas Crawl, which is a collection of 64 festival and events, 20 Christmas and craft markets, 21 unique shopping experiences and 12 feasting experiences being held in communities in Shelburne, Queens and Lunenburg County from Nov. 16 to Jan. 6, 2019. For more details visit

Celebrate Local campaign, holiday decorating contest among holiday initiatives

The Municipality of Shelburne and the Town of Shelburne are teaming up to bring some holiday cheer to eastern Shelburne County residents with a Celebrate Local Campaign, a holiday decorating contest and to start 2019, A New Year’s Levee.

The Celebrate Local Campaign gets underway on Nov. 22 and runs to Dec. 19, with two prize packages up for grabs valued at $250 and $100. Ballot boxes will be in place at participating locations and events. Residents are encouraged to fill out a ballot for a chance at winning one of the prizes. The draw will take place at the Municipality’s Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Anyone hosting an event that would like to have a ballot box can contact Val Kean at the Municipality, or Robin Walker, event coordinator for the Town.

The second annual Holiday Decoration Contest is also underway.

“We are looking for all those beautifully decorated houses and businesses in the Municipality and Town to register their property to be judged,” said Kean. “Also, this year, with the permission of those registering, we would like to create a map of all the properties to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the holiday lights.”

Kean added the local girl guides are excited to be helping with contest judging.

“Last year’s displays were spectacular, I’m looking forward to see what this year will bring,” Kean said.

The house decorating winners will be announced and the prizes awarded at the New Year’s Levee, Jan. 1 at the Trinity United Church Hall from 1 to 3 p.m.

Some Town of Clark's Harbour festivities

The Town of Clark’s Harbour will be holding it’s annual Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm at the Legion Hall in Clark’s Harbour. Free admission. Finger food and entertainment For more info call: 902-7745-2390

The Town of Clark’s Harbour will be having Breakfast with Santa (Pancakes) on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 to 11am at the Legion Hall in Clark’s Harbour. Free admission but people must pre-register as there is only room for 75 kids and one parent each per family. Register by calling 902-745-2390

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