Christmas Season begins in Elkhorn

Christmas season is upon us and for those living in Elkhorn and surrounding area, there was the opportunity to begin holiday shopping at the annual Light-Up event, Saturday, Dec. 1. The day began with photos with Santa at Samantha’s Boutique. The schedule was full but Santa certainly had time for those who didn’t have an appointment and he even provided the cookies for all who came by.

The Elkhorn Legion Hall was packed to capacity with vendors and shoppers had quite a selection of products to choose from - including hand-crafted wreaths and hand-knit toques and scarves.

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In the late afternoon, players of all ages took to the street for a quick game of hockey – the referee reported the game was well played.

At the Elks Hall children watched a movie (complete with free popcorn). Santa visited, collecting a letter or two to take back to the North Pole.

This year the Twin Valley Co-op offered a sip and snack table at the store featuring Co-op Gold products - crackers and a variety of cheeses plus some holiday beverages for all ages.

Memory Tree Light-up

Prior to lighting the Memory Tree, a crowd gathered for hot dogs, hot chocolate and cookies provided by the Elkhorn Area Foundation members.

Brenda Orr, chairperson for Elkhorn Area Foundation, welcomed everyone and gave a brief recap of how some of the grant money was used at various facilities which include Elkwood Manor, the skating rink and the Elks Hall. She thanked the citizens of Elkhorn or their continued support of the Foundation.

The RCMP led Elkhorn’s Christmas Parade. Treats were handed out to children lining the route along main street. Businesses entered floats as well.

Along the route, toys and games were collected which would be delivered to the Christmas Cheer board for the Christmas hampers. The toy drive was organized by Cindy and Brad McGrath. They were pleased with the positive response from the folks in Elkhorn.

All in all, a good day in Elkhorn and a wonderful start to the holiday season.

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