Christmas in Merrickville 2016

Another successful Christmas in Merrickville was held on Saturday, December 3rd 2016. It couldn’t have happened without the dedicated group of volunteers of the Christmas in Merrickville Committee – and to all of you, a huge Thank You for your support.

The day started out with Breakfast with Santa at the Legion, where over 300 guests were served a hearty breakfast. Ron MacMillan and his teams of horses from Precious Moments Carriages toured visitors throughout the Village all day long, which really added to the quaint atmosphere. Children of all ages were entertained by Diego the Magician, Devon the Juggler, strolling carollers, the Petting Zoo, and Photos with Santa, and of course the Merrickville Fire Fighters’ annual Christmas Parade. Many of the happy revellers received Spirit Button Awards in honour of their “Catching the Spirit” attire.

This year we included more of our community in the planning – the Library hosted the Children’s Christmas Stories and Juice Jam, and fun was had by all at the rink with the Broomball Game pitting the Village Staff against the Firefighters. The beautifully decorated Christmas trees by the village children added such charm to this festive day.

Many faces were brightened by the clowns who were stationed at the Community Center this year. The Day Care coordinated their annual Cookie Walk & Weigh and Santa greeted children after the parade- thanks to Jan Schewen for letting us borrow the beautiful twig chair.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony saw our newly elected Mayor climb the ladder to officially light the trees in Blockhouse Park. Many thanks to some of the local merchants for donations, which enabled us to add more lights to the trees. You may have noticed projected lights on some of the downtown shops- thanks to Marc Bergeron and his team for creating this added magic to the downtown core.

The fire barrels burned from noon to nine and provided visitors with warmth from the cold, a cup of hot chocolate and hotdogs and marshmallows to roast over the open fires. This event was made possible through the leadership of Stewart Hamill and the students from Fulford Preparatory School. Thanks goes out to Paula Burke and her team for serving up hot and steamy chili- YUM!

A special thank you to all the local merchants and businesses who contributed donations for the Silent Auction and the Shopping Spree Draws. Thank you to the Lions Club for organizing the Christmas Hamper and Build A Mountain of Food Drives. The cider provided by the Lions Club was certainly appreciated too!

It sure was great spending the day with Santa and Mrs. Claus. We appreciate them taking time from their busy schedule to spend the day in Merrickville.

Financial donations received from the various festivities of the day were given to local charities, chosen by the Christmas in Merrickville Committee. Donations were given to Beth Donovan Hospice, Interval House, A Chance Animal Rescue and the Lions Club Food Hamper.

One final important note – Christmas in Merrickville has been a long standing and much anticipated event for Merrickville-Wolford. The number and variety of activities has grown over the years, as has the attendance. For this reason, the Volunteer Coordinating Committee felt it necessary to reflect on and clarify the focus of this event, which is:

  • For the Community – the official kick off to the holiday season for the Village and surrounding area
  • For the Merchants – their biggest retail day of the year
  • For local Charities – upwards of $2,500 is distributed to local charities each year
  • Christmas in Merrickville is a volunteer driven event – not a Chamber of Commerce activity. If you would like to participate or would like to make any suggestions for next year, please do not hesitate to contact Robyn Griff at 613 803-0162.

On behalf of the Christmas in Merrickville Coordinating Team, thank you Merrickville-Wolford for your support!