Sisters Kirsten, left, and Sophie LeBlanc were very happy to see Santa Claus when he visited Port Elgin during Moonlight Madness in 2011.The annual event includes various things to see and do as well as festive bargains offered by village businesses.
PORT ELGIN, NB – The village of Port Elgin will officially kick off the holiday season at the 10th annual Moonlight Madness event, set for this Friday, Nov. 29 from 6-9 p.m.
There’s something for everyone during the evening’s activities, says village councillor Tanya Trenholm.
“All of the businesses will be staying open to 9 p.m. and they’re offering a lot of great deals; there’s a lot of great gift ideas available in our local businesses and there’ll be even more with all of the craft vendors set up at the (Advance Savings) credit union during the evening,” she said.
EOS-Eco Energy will also be on hand at the credit union during the evening offering eco-friendly gift wrapping, homemade ornament crafts for kids, a scavenger hunt for families as well as energy-saving prizes.
Wagon rides, provided by the Allen Family are a hit with all ages each year and this year a second team of horses, owned by Dorothy and Chris Kean, will also be giving rides (weather permitting).
Of course the highlight of the evening is the arrival of Santa Claus; the jolly old elf will be heading to Cole’s Grocery where he’ll be visiting with the young and young-at-heart while his elves will be passing out bags of treats for the kiddies. A box will be available and donations of non-perishable food items for the Pedvac Christmas Cheer program will be greatly appreciated.
“Pictures of children with Santa will also be available for $4 each, with funds raised going to support other Pedvac programs,” Trenholm noted.
The Port Elgin volunteer fire department will also be on hand to oversee a controlled bonfire in the parking lot in the centre of the village; a great place to gather and warm cold hands.
Local businesses will be featuring special sales especially for the holiday season while the two village restaurants will be offering some mouth-watering specials during the evening.
The Victorian Veranda B & B will also once again welcome visitors for an evening of holiday Christmas carols and live musical entertainment featuring several local musicians; and a chance to warm up with a cup of hot drink.
Children are reminded to get their letters to Santa ready; they can be dropped into any mailbox or the post office at any time.
“Just remember to include your name and address so Santa knows where you are,” Trenholm noted.
Moonlight Madness will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, rain, snow or shine.