There are a lot of events coming up this week to kick off the Christmas shopping season in local communities.
Moosomin Moonlight Madness
The Moosomin Chamber of Commerce is planning its Moonlight Madness promotion this Wednesday, Nov. 30.
From 6-9 pm, shoppers can pick up a cash card from participating businesses, have it stamped at that business, make a purchase and have it stamped at four more restaurants or stores, and enter to win $500, $250, or $100 in Moosomin Bucks.
The staff at Flaman in Moosomin are building a Christmas Train to take children and families on rides during Moonlight Madness. The train station will be set up at the Co-op Marketplace Foods parking lot, and hot chocolate will be served.
Also during Moonlight Madness, Borderland Co-op’s mascot Cooper will be making the rounds of the stores with a Santa sack full of coupons and offers from local businesses. Several Moosomin stores will be open late the remaining Wednesdays until Christmas.
Rocanville Tree Lighting
The Rocanville Board of Trade is organizing its Tree Lighting Thursday. There will also be a Christmas trade show that night at Hope Congregational Church in support of Rocanville Aquatic Centre, and the pool will be hosting a bake sale.
There will be a weiner roast at 7:15 that night with free hot dogs and drinks sponsored by Borderland Co-op. The weiner roast will be at the fire hall, and people are asked to bring their own wiener stick.
Redvers Santa Parade
Santa will be back in town and the community of Redvers is throwing a parade to welcome him. This year’s parade will be on Thursday, December 1.
The parade goes at 5:30 pm and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance at Purity Relaxation and Beauty Spa on Main Street from 6-7:30 pm for Christmas lists and photos. Some local stores plan to be open late on Thursday.
Last year’s parade included 15 floats.
Wawota Santa Day
Wawota is planning a Santa Day and customer appreciation day for Friday, Dec. 2. Starting at 3:30 pm, there will be free skating and snacks at the Wawota Forum, and at 4 pm there will be crafts with the day care. There will be horse drawn hay rides from 4-6 pm. There will be free hot dogs served from 4:30-7:30 pm, and Santa will arrive for photos at 5 pm. Businesses will be open into the evening, and there will be a free movie at the United Church Community Centre at 7 pm.
Moosomin Santa Day
Moosomin will hold its Santa Day on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Kinettes are organizing photos with Santa from 10 am to noon at the Seniors Drop In Centre at 622 Carleton Street, and children who see Santa will receive a free movie ticket to an afternoon matinee of the movie Trolls at the Moosomin Community Theatre.
Elkhorn Light Up
Elkhorn will be holding its Christmas light up on Saturday, Dec. 3. The theme of the day is “it’s a wonderful life” and stores and business owners will be encouraged to decorate the village along those lines.
A trade show will be held with vendors from 1-5 pm. A movie will be shown from 2-4 pm that day followed by a visit from Santa. Sleigh rides around town will start at 3:30 pm and at 4 pm hot dogs, hot chocolate and cookies will be sold on main street. There will also be face painting.
At 5:15 pm the light up will be held, and at 5:45 pm there will be a parade on the village’s main street. Stores will be open until 7 pm that night.
Moosomin Holiday Train
On Sunday, Dec. 4, the CP Holiday Train will visit Moosomin at noon. When the train stops, there will be performances by singer-songwriter Dallas Smith, and alt-rock band The Odds. CP will make a presentation to the Moosomin Food Bank, and food will be collected at the event for the local food bank.
Moosomin Carol Festival
If you have attended all those events and you’re still not in the Christmas mood, you might have to take in the 2016 Moosomin Carol Festival. Each year, the Moosomin Carol Festival features Christmas music performed by performers including choirs, soloists and instrumentalists. The Carol Festival is held in a different church each year, and this year the Carol Festival is slated for St. Mary’s Catholic Church. There will be two performances, an afternoon performance at 2 pm and an evening performance at 7 pm. Donations will be accepted for the Moosomin and Rocanville food banks.