By John Fitts
Temperatures in the 30s are predicted for the weekend but there’s nothing like a bit of champagne, a visit with Santa or local crafts to warm the spirit.
That’s right – the annual Christmas in Collinsville events are slated to take place on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.
Friday evening events include horse-drawn carriage rides, tree lighting and an an adults only champagne walk. Saturday involves such festivities as breakfast with Santa, time with Mrs. Clause, face painting, puppet shows and more horse drawn carriage rides.
Many features, such as the Gallery of Trees at the Canton Historical Museum, take place on both days.
Kathy Taylor, one of the event organizers, said she loves the friendly and festive atmosphere, set in a village where so many of the buildings are so historic.
“You feel like you’re back in the late 1800s,” she said.
The festivities started in 2007, Taylor said, and the event has grown since. The town had done many special activities for its bicentennial the year before, which provided some inspiration. However, much of the credit, Taylor said, goes to Village Sweet Shoppe owner Shirley Scarpino, who had relocated from Riverton, a village that hosts a similar event.
New this year will be the Farmington Dance dancing Santas on Friday night and face-painting at the Canton Historical Museum on Saturday.
Most events are free with a few exceptions, notably the Friday night champagne walk. Cost is $25 for an engraved glass and $20 for a ribbon ring for those who bring their own glass. Glasses are available at:
- Blumen Laden
- Antiques on the Farmington
- Collinsville Canoe & Kayak
- Carol & Company,
- Collinsville Savings Bank
- Village Sweet Shoppe
On Saturday, a little extra cash could come in handy at the annual Collinsville Charity Craft Fair, which takes place in the Canton Town Hall Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now in it’s 9th year, the fair will feature some 30 local artisans.
“Everyone really looks forward to it. I’m really excited,” said organizer Bethany Kendrick-Simpson. “We’ve got some regular vendors, who have been with us the entire time, and we also have some fresh additions this year.”
Offerings will include items such as clothing, ornaments, jewelry, food items, pottery, knits goods, books, kids gifts and face painting. Ten percent of all sales goes the The Interval House and organizers will collect non-perishable food donations for the Canton Food Bank.
Visitors who bring a food bank donation also get a ticket for a chance to win a silent auction prize. Many businesses have donated prizes for the drawings, which benefit the Interval House. Those include Wilson’s, Village Sweet Shoppe, LaSalle’s, Lisa’s Luna Pizza, Lisa’s Crown and Hammer, 41 Bridge Street, ABC Pizza and Eastern Accents. Jules Poirier Co. also donated to the Intervale House on behalf of the event.
Christmas in Collinsville events include:
Friday, Dec. 9 ( 6 to 8:30 p.m.)
- Champagne Walk – Must be over 21! $25.00 for engraved Champagne glass or $20.00 for a Ribbon Ring (Must bring you own glass!). Quantities are limited. Cash or Check (Made out to Canton Main St., Inc.)
- Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Canton Historical Museum. David Leff will point out places of historical interest.
- Tree Lighting – 7:00 p.m. Canton Historical Museum, sponsored by Canton Parks & Rec Department
- Roasted Chestnuts – Wilson’s Pub, River St.
- Luminaries – Downtown streets.
- Christmas Carolers – Collinsville Congregational Church
- Open Mic Night – LaSalle Market, 104 Main Street from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m. Also serving chocolate covered strawberries while they last!
- Gallery of Trees – Canton Historical Museum. Over 50 decorated Christmas trees. Live Music. Purchase tickets to win one! Winners will be announced after 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 11th. Proceeds benefit the Museum Building Fund.
- Bridge Street Live – Friday Night Comedy Show $15 & $25 at 8:00 p.m. www.41bridgestreet.com.
Saturday, Dec. 10 (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Breakfast with Santa – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Canton Community Center Lower Level. Canton Parks & Recreation Depart. Spaces are limited. Register at: www.cantonrec.org Cost is $15 for each adult and $12 for each child.
- Charity Craft Fair – Canton Town Hall Auditorium 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local artisans. Bring a donation for the Canton Food Bank and receive a Craft Fair raffle ticket. 10% of the proceeds go to The Interval House.
- Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides – Noon – 3 p.m. – Start at Canton Historical Museum.
- Mrs. Santa Claus – 11:30 a.m. – Noon – Story Time with Mrs. Claus – Canton Historical Museum
- Face Painting by Pizzazz Faces – Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Canton Historical Museum
- Mrs. Santa Claus – Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Meet & Greet Mrs. Claus at America the Beautiful store (under LaSalle Market)
- Santa Claus Photos – Collinsville Savings Society – 136 Main St. 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Puppet Shows – Show Times: 1 p.m.; 2 p.m.; 3 p.m. Free! Town Hall Auditorium (Enter on Market Street)
- Hot Chocolate: Provided by the Canton Lions Club in front of the Museum.
- Children’s’ Craft Fun – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin (located behind Carol & Co. on Main St.)
- Christmas Sing-Along – 3:00 – 4 p.m. Collinsville Congregational Church Worship Band and Readings
- Unique Shops and Merchants – Stop in and visit the unique shops and merchants. Shop Local!
- Gallery of Trees – Canton Historical Museum, 11 Front St. Over 50 decorated trees, donated and decorated by local businesses and individuals. Purchase tickets to win one! Tree winners will be announced after 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 11th. Benefits the Building Fund.
See more at www.visitcollinsville.com