The Cumberland Community Association in collaboration with other community organizations is pleased to invite you to join us for Christmas in Cumberland Village with events taking place from 29 November to 21 December. Free parking at all locations and admission as described below. The village provides ample parking along several streets and around each venue. For those of you who don't mind the crisp autumn air, you should be able to park in a central location and walk to each location. Please share these events with your friends and families by email, Facebook, Twitter, or just word of mouth! We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to CHRISTMAS IN CUMBERLAND.
HERITAGE HOME & VILLAGE TOUR - Saturday, November 29, homes open from 12 to 4 p.m. Activities from 11:00am to 8pm
Get into the spirit of the season with trip back in time...a festive afternoon tour steeped in historical nostalgia. Peek inside seven charming heritage homes and notable buildings in the village, stroll along the main street, enjoy carollers, sip hot cider, ride on a horse drawn cart and much much more. Selected homeowners have agreed to open their doors (12-4p.m.) for a limited number of ticket holders to enjoy their homes & heritage style decorations and share some intriguing stories regarding the rich history of their homes. As well, specialty artisan items will be for sale in the homes and you will be treated to homemade refreshments.
- Limited tickets $20 at 613-833-2507 before Nov 26. Ticket includes entrance to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum-Vintage Village of Lights (see below).
Tour event bag with map will be available for ticket holders beginning at 11a.m. at St. Andrew United Church. Lunch for $8 and a Christmas Bazaar by the Anglican Women's Association are available at the Maple Hall across the road. Please feel free to dress in vintage clothes. Donations to the Ottawa Food Bank will be accepted at the United Church.
Proceeds from the event will be shared by the Orleans-Cumberland Communiy Resource Cente and the Cumberland Community Association. For more information visit www.christmasincumberlandvillage. A wonderful day awaits!
VINTAGE VILLAGE of LIGHTS - Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from November 29 through December 21, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The 30,000 lights light up the site at 5 pm each evening.
This year the theme is "Home for the Holidays" and pays homage to the belief that soldiers in the First World War were expected to return home to their families that first Christmas. Our visitors will experience a rural, family Christmas complete with an advent calendar scavenger hunt to identify popular holiday traditions at home plus a chance to go sledding, and play broomball, street hockey and soccer. With any luck we’ll get some snow.
Craft activities include making a letterpress Christmas postcard, one to keep as a souvenir and the other to send to a Veteran; making a snow globe, and a chance to try knitting the socks, mitts and scarves that so many women made in support of the Canadian Red Cross war effort. Our activities are geared to families, encouraging everyone of all ages to join in the fun.
Returning this year are Santa's sleigh and his gigantic reindeer – a perfect backdrop for a “selfie” plus a chance to send and receive a telegram to and from the North Pole. Gingerbread cookie decorating, viewing the nativity scene, the ever popular horse-drawn wagon rides, and of course a visit with Santa Claus.
Light refreshments will be available for purchase at the Canteen - traditional hot cocoa, clementines, and pets de soeur to be eaten at the bonfire.
- Admission fees are: Adults - $7, Seniors and Students - $5, Families (two adults 2 adults and all of your children under 18 years) - $18, Annual Family Membership $35 (2 adults and all of your children under 18 years). Group rates available upon request.
The following buildings will be open to the public: the Vars Train Station, the Knox Church, Mainville - General Store, Dupuis House, Duford House, Taylor Barn, French Hill School House, Foubert House, the Community Hall and the Canteen.
5th ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA - Saturday, December 6, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Cumberland Lions' Club will be hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa, at the Maple Hall, 2557 Old Montreal Rd.
There will be activities and entertainment for the children throughout the morning.
- Adults: $7.00, Children (12 and under): $4.00
7th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MARKET - Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A local favorite and an anticipated annual tradition for many people in the area, the Christmas Market celebrates the work of local producers and artisans. You will be sure to find a wide selection of local products including breads, pastries, meats, seasonal food items, jams, root vegetables, garlic, roasted coffees, skin care products, stained glass, knitted products, artisan goods and so much more. Great gift ideas for everyone on your list.
With more than 70 local producers at three different locations, you will be sure to find everything you need to get ready for the holidays.
- R.J. Kennedy Community Centre, 1115 Dunning Rd
- St Andrew's United Church, 2557 Old Montreal Rd
- New Location: Ahmaddiyya Community Centre, 2620 Market St. The gymnasium at the former Riverview School on Market St. will be used by the market to host at least 17 of our regular season vendors.