Christmas in the Country moves to Formosa

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The little hamlet of Formosa that quietly goes about its day-to-day routine is now ramping up for the largest family Christmas event in all of Grey and Bruce counties.
The annual Christmas in the Country event has moved to Formosa this year and will take place on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2-10 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 2-7 p.m.
A few months ago Saugeen Conservation came to Formosa looking for a new home for the 25-year-old Christmas in the Country. The service clubs and organizations widely opened their minds, hearts and arms to receive this new project. Immediately the Lions, Lioness, Catholic Women’s League, St. Joseph’s Aid Society and Nativity Committee have pitched in to assist Saugeen with the organization and work.
Since Thanksgiving volunteers from Formosa and local communities have met daily at the Formosa Recreation Centre, under experienced direction of Saugeen Conservation manager of communications Shannon Wood.
Decorations are being made, candy bags filled, ticket booths and bus stops built, signs and figures painted for the many displays, and thousands of lights have been strung throughout the hamlet. Come the time of the event, the entire hamlet will be transformed.
This event has, in the past and today, relied on the support of business sponsors, the municipality and the county, and for that Christmas in the Country is most grateful.
What will take place? Events will take place from one end of the hamlet to the other.
For the children there will be cookie decorating and crafts at the school, with duck rides in the school parking lot. At the ball diamond there will be two mazes. Horseback riding will take place at the Palace Gardens and Whoville is set up at Lloyd Kuntz’s Sales and Service.
Story time at the Horseshoe Park also welcomes everyone, as does Santa’s house, which is being set up at the Pavilion Park with activities planned as children line up to visit with Santa and receive a treat.
Formosa’s life size chain saw carved nativity scene will be a popular viewing spot.
New to the event will be church tours and viewing of mini nativity scenes.
Also new in the upstairs of the community centre is the Home and Hobby Show, which will feature more than 30 exhibitors with a wide array of crafts and home products. The downstairs of the community centre will house the Christmas Cafeteria with homemade hot meals and desserts, including freshly baked cookies.
Throughout the hamlet snacks will be available, such as candy floss, kernel corn, sweet cider, bannock and more. A pioneer village will be active at the Pavilion Park.
How does one get around? A bus service will take visitors from the parking lot and throughout town. There is also horse and wagon rides and there is even a train ride just for pleasure.
Or, as the hamlet is filled with activity, a leisurely walk will allow visitors to see it all.
Visitors will be in awe and overjoyed to attend Christmas in the Country in Formosa this year. Do plan to come.

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