Saturday the girls and I joined my good friend Diana and went to Mahone Bay for their annual Father Christmas Festival. We visited the market which is held in an old barn: downstairs was full of the most delicious food stuffs -- crisp golden buttery shortbreads, mince pies, breads, jellies, wines, etc etc. But upstairs is the "Magic Xmas Kingdom": each year is a different theme; this year's theme was "Global Christmas".
|As you walked upstairs under a canopy of white, you entered through Ellie the Elephant's mouth; her trunk is placing the star on top of the tree, and there's a beautiful little village on her back with little fairies hanging above.|
This is the friendly, talking elf that greets you at the top of the stairs. He loves getting his picture taken.
There was a whole story line with the display, but I was so busy looking and taking pictures that I haven't read it yet.
After a walk about town, we headed to the Christmas Craft fair in Lunenburg and lunch at Sweet Indulgence. And after that particular lunch (Bailey's cheesecake), we needed a walk about Lunenburg. So, we took the girls to the Parade Square to see the over 100 Xmas tree display by various businesses and groups in the area.
We were home by 4:30 pm and then out for our town's Christmas Parade. All the international students walk in this parade; and it was a lovely parade this year followed by some fantastic fireworks.
|Fireworks over the LaHave River.|
What a great way to begin our Christmas season.