T’is the Olde Tyme Christmas season and Port Hope offers so many exciting holiday events, we will keep you in the spirit all season long.
It all starts Friday, November 30th with the annual Candlelight Walk and Carol Sing. Join us at Our Lady of Mercy Church, corner of Pine and Walton Streets by 6:45pm with your lantern or flash light. At 7pm sharp, our carolers make their way down Walton Street and into Memorial Park, the setting for our Candlelight Christmas and dazzling Victorian village light display. Complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and treats will warm you up as we count down to the magical moment when the displays are lit and the park is transformed into a magical winter wonderland that will come alive each night at dusk until January 2nd, 2013.
Take a short walk across the park to the Candlelight Christmas General Store, open for the entire weekend at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up some great gifts and homemade goodies. Drop by the Capitol Theatre to visit the display of more than 100 exquisitely decorated trees. Purchase your tickets for a chance to take home one of the beautiful creations sponsored and decorated by our local businesses. Trees are on display until December 23rd and viewing schedules are available at the theatre box office. Make your way from the theatre to our Downtown Moonlight Madness Sale on until 10pm. Shop ‘til you drop as our merchants celebrate the holiday season with gift ideas for everyone on your list.
On Saturday December 1st at 1pm, Santa Claus is coming to town in our spectacular Santa Claus Parade. With members of the Kinsmen Club as our parade Marshalls, “A Story Book Christmas” will proceed down Walton Street featuring 10 bands this year along with floats and displays from many clubs and community groups. Don’t forget your letters to Santa! Canada Post workers will be on the route collecting everyone’s letters to make sure they get to the North Pole. Bring along a canned food item too; the Rotary Club will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Fare Share Food Bank.
Round out your holiday season with free horse and wagon rides on November 30th from 7:30-9pm and December 8, 15, 22, and 23 from 11am to 1pm. Catch the wagon at the Capitol Theatre or the corner of John and Walton streets. Come by Lent Lane Thursdays from 5 – 7pm and Saturdays from 11am – 1pm for free hot apple cider and don’t forget our Six Weeks of Christmas with downtown stores open until 7pm every Thursday night with themed promotions each week.
Visit www.porthopetourism.ca for complete details on all our exciting holiday events and don’t miss out on a single minute of Port Hope’s Olde Tyme holiday cheer.
Andrea Patterson, Tourism Coordinator
Jeannie Maidens, Events Coordinator