Hometown St.Thomas Dec 2019

Presenting St. Thomas & Elgin County’s Community Events Free listings compliments of Williams Funeral Home Send your event details to staci@villagerpublications.com by the 16th for the next issue www.williamsfuneralhomeltd.com • 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519) 631-0850

Allan Hughson (Owner-Funeral Director)

Weekends in December Santa Treats Train Ride

Come in and sample some treats, and find gift ideas for everyone on your list! December 5 to 8 Elgin Theatre Guild: Puss in Boots Panto Princess Avenue Playhouse, 40 Princess Ave. A struggle between good and evil, a lit bit of magic and a talking boot wearing cat. It’s PANTO! Tickets $12. Phone: (519) 633-8530, Email: info@ elgintheatreguild.ca. December 6 Winter Magic Concert Central Elgin Collegiate Institute, 201 Chestnut St. 7pm to 9pm. Railway City Wind Ensemble is a group of experienced musicians in the city of St. Thomas. December 6 Jingle Mingle St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis St. Join us for storytime, songs, and crafts! Come in your best (or ugliest) Christmas sweater, and have your picture taken in front of the green screen to create a unique holiday digital photo! December 6 to 8 Three-day garage/yard sale Ships Ahoy Marine Ltd, Sparta Line December 6 and 7: 9am to 4pm, and 8th 9am to 2pm. Lots of new and used items. Toys, games, household goods, linens, glassware, china, tools, antiques, art, trinkets and more. In support of STEGH Foundation. December 7 St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Auxiliary Gift Box St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, 189 Elm St. 12pm to 3pm. Please join us for some shopping fun. Holiday décor, fashions, and accessories. Free parking! December 7 Hat and Mittens Run First United Church, 7 Curtis St. Join us for a 5km walk or run. The cost to participate is a donation of hats and/ or mitten for those less fortunate in our community. Refreshments to follow at the church. Bring the whole family. December 7 Spirit Walk Springwater Forest 6pm to 8pm Stroll along a candle lit path through the Springwater Forest and join local performers as they celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Sip a hot beverage and see who awaits you at the end of the trail! $7 per adult (max $20 per vehicle) and children are free.

December 7 Christmas Open House

St. 9am to 9pm. This community event features various musical groups from the area. All proceeds from the freewill donations going to the Inn Out of the Cold homeless shelter.  December 14 A Really Retro Crooner Christmas Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 302 Bridge St. 2pm and 8pm. Back by Popular Demand! The Port Stanley Festival Theatre and LINK theatre are pleased to enter into the spirit of the holidays with two presentations of “A Really Retro Crooner Christmas” at both 2:00 and 8:00 at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. December 16 and 20 Gingerbread House Workshop The Nook, 567 Talbot St. 6pm to 8pm. Everything you need to create a beautiful and festive gingerbread house is provided: fresh gingerbread, icing, a variety of candy AND hot chocolate! Space is limited! Message the Nook on Facebook to book your spot! $35 per house. Payment required in full. December 21 Kids’ Christmas Party Destination Church, 668 Talbot St. 4pm to 7pm If you’re between the ages of 6-12 you’re invited to join us for a Christmas Party at Destination Church where there will be food, crafts, music, story-time and pictures to take home! Register on Eventbrite. December 21 Choral Connection presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Centre Street Baptist Church, 28 Southwick St. 7:30 pm $25. Adults, $15. Students, $10. Children. Tickets 519-661-6902 (Lucy Van Pelt) Or 519- 631-0410 (Jennings Furniture) www.choralconnection.ca December 24 Christmas Eve Church Service Centre Street Baptist Church, 28 Southwick St. 7pm December 31 Noon Years’ Eve St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis St. 11:30am to 12:30pm . Ring in 2020 early! Join us for a noisemaker craft and a balloon drop at noon to celebrate the New Year! December 31 New Year’s Eve Celebration St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre, 225 Chestnut St. 8pm to 1am. Dancing, cards, nighttime buffet! $20 per person.

Get involved! Like us on Facebook! Southwold Young at Heart Group for an interesting afternoon get together. Your choice of card & board games plus other activities or visit with friends & neighbours. Call Ian at 226-667-4517 for more information. December 5 CASO Night Market CASO Station, 750 Talbot St. 4:30pm to 8:30pm. It’s the most wonderful time of year! Join us for some Ho! Ho! Ho! and shopping December 5 and 7 Christmas Open House From the Meadow, 3881 Avon Dr. 3pm to 8pm on December 5, 10am to 4pm on December 7 Port Stanley Terminal Rail, 309 Bridge St., Port Stanley. Enjoy a ride through Elgin County from the warmth of a heated car. Santa has treats for the kids! Live entertainment may appear on some trains. $15 adults, $9 children 2-14 years. For full details call (519) 782-3730 or consult the website at www.pstr.on.ca Weekends in December, and December 27 to 31 A Very Victorian Christmas Backus-Page House Museum, 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown. Decorated for Christmas, tour through Backus-Page House Museum and learn about Victorian era Christmases. $5/adult, $2/child. Call (519) 762-3072 for more information December 1 Christmas Carol Sing Old St. Thomas Church, 55 Walnut St. 3pm to 4:30pm Emcee and guest Speaker to be announced. Music by the Salvation Army Band. Free will collection to the Salvation Army Winter Relief program. Mince tarts, church cookies and hot cider will be served. Everyone welcome – dress warmly! Call (519) 633-2610 for more information. December 5 and 12 United Way Trivia Night Railway City Brewing Company, 130 Edward St. 6:30pm to 10:30pm A new theme every week! Proceeds go toward United Way. December 5 Southwold Young at Heart Group Southwold Keystone Complex, Shedden 1pm to 3pm. Join the

Clovermead Adventure Farm, 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer 11am to 3pm Refreshments, draws, discounts on memberships, goats, Christmas colour- ing, lots of Christmas photo oppor- tunities, lots of gift ideas, and more! December 7 Art, Craft and Vendor Show Talbotville Berry Farm, 11096 Sunset Rd. 10am to 2pm Support local artisans, crafters and vendors, they will be happy to help you get your last minute holiday shopping done with awesome gift ideas. Admission is free, but guests are asked to donate non- perishable food items or toiletries for those in need. Refreshments available. December 7 Wish You Would Wear Retail Pop Up Grow, 378 Talbot St. 1pm to 4pm Mandy DeVos is the founder and designer Wish You Would Wear, a a hip upcoming fashion brand with an aim on mental health awareness! Partnered with Out There Creative Therapy, they donate 15% of our sales back into artistic programs for youth in Elgin County. December 8 Carols by Candlelight Central United Church, 135 Wellington St. 7pm to 10pm Join Central United Church in St. Thomas in singing Christmas Carols and enjoy special Christmas music presented by our choirs. Admission by Freewill Donation Proceeds to the Caring Cupboard. December 11 Quarter Auction New Vision Community Church, 38 Aldborough Avenue. Doors open at 6pm, auction starts at 7pm. Lots of local vendor items to bid on! Cost is $5 per ticket, and 25 cents per bid. Call (519) 631-5705 for more information. December 11 Christmas Luncheon St. Thomas Seniors Centre, 225 Chestnut St.. Lunch served at 12pm Festivities include: Music-Ukes of Hazzard, Door Prizes & Holiday Well Wishes. Tickets $15.00 in advance, available from the Seniors Centre. December 14 12 Hours of Christmas Music Marathon Central United Church, 135 Wellington

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