More than 6000 attend Old Fashioned Christmas opening night

By Helen Murphy    

SHERBROOKE – Old Fashioned Christmas had its best opening weekend so far with well over 6,000 visitors on opening night and close to 2,000 on Saturday taking part in activities.

The event’s reputation has grown over the years, attracting yuletide enthusiasts from near and far. On opening weekend the Victorian Tea, food vendors and Festive Dinner sold out.

On Friday night the tree-lighting kicked off festivities, with visitors carrying lit candles in a procession into the heart of Sherbrooke where houses, fences and trees are decorated with over 25000 lights. Christmas songs played from a loudspeaker in the church at the town’s centre, adding to the festive spirit. After arriving at the town’s bandstand, guests took part in a carol sing and were treated to live entertainment, a visit from Santa and a fireworks display.

A first this year was the Children’s Old Fashioned Christmas Tea and Story Time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, which brought many families out and received rave reviews.

Next weekend’s events include house tours, artisans at work, craft sales and workshops, children’s crafts, petting zoo and dance at the Lions Hall.

Organizers are also inviting people to register floats in the closing parade scheduled for next Sunday by calling 1-888-743-7845. Floats will line up by 3:30 for a 4:30 start. The parade will be followed by a fireworks display. The weekend will end with an Ecumenical Service.

Volunteer decorators transformed Sherbrooke Village into a holiday wonderland for the two-weekend celebration.