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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Minburn Community Celebrates Festive Season


Aleczander Mcbirchwood and Santa.

In the spirit of community togetherness and a shared commitment to combat vandalism and petty crime, a dedicated group of individuals in Minburn orchestrated a charming Christmas event. Following the triumph of their White Elephant sale in August, the organizers, led by Shirley Wonsik, aimed to foster a sense of unity within the town.

“Building on the success of our last event, core vendors were eager to collaborate on another community gathering,” shared organizer Shirley Wonsik.

This time, the community rallied for a grassroots initiative to celebrate the holiday season with a spectacular Christmas Market and a Christmas Family Party. The festivities unfolded at the Minburn Seniors Hall on November 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the family party taking center stage from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Nineteen vendors graced the event, offering an array of unique handmade items, delectable home baking, engaging family games, captivating books, and an abundance of Christmas décor to infuse the holiday spirit into every attendee.

For those whose appetites were stirred, LoCaSh Cooks stepped in to provide culinary delights. The event’s resounding success was further propelled by the generosity of 16 donors who contributed numerous door prizes. Attendees could purchase tickets at a modest $2 each for adults and a mere 25 cents for the little ones, providing a chance to win age-appropriate door prizes.


From left, Irene, Santa and Val having a laugh. Photos submitted

Santa and Mrs. Claus added a touch of magic to the occasion, enchanting both young and old alike. Mrs. Claus delighted the audience with a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” while Santa took time to visit each child, listening attentively to their wish lists and generously gifting candy bags and books. The event was punctuated with joyful group sing-alongs, filling the hall with the sounds of holiday cheer.

The Minburn Christmas Market and Family Party not only brought joy and festive spirit to the community but also exemplified the power of unity and collaboration. As the town comes together to celebrate the season, the organizers hope that events like these continue to strengthen the bonds of community, creating a resilient and closely-knit neighbourhood for all to enjoy.

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