Monday, December 1, 2014

The Jolly Season has Begun!

Long time, no blog.l  But I've been busier than a one-armed paper hanger (as they say).  Here are some highlights from my wonderful weekend.  

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.  


And here are just a few of the beautiful Father Christmas figures representing various countries.
  The very centre of the room had a 350 deg display of Father Christmas, various female figures, a swan, etc all in white. It was quite stunning.

The open section over the Market held this display: 2 skaters which spun round and some beautiful balloons overhead.

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.









6 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

What a lovely Festival you attended. Everything looks delightful. Perfect way to celebrate the season.

WendyMcLeodMacKnight said...

I am all for December fireworks! No bugs! What a fun festival!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It is the Jolliest of Seasons for sure ! Looks like you had a wonderful weekend ! HO HO HO!

Kathleen's Blog said...

Wow---awesome pictures...my kind of day, for sure. And to top off the day with a parade & fireworks!! Hope you have a grand December!!!

Lisa said...

The different Father Christmases are very interesting.

Penny said...

Sandy, I'm enjoying spending time here. I love Nova Scotia. We spent a vacation there some time ago. Love your blog. Thanks for visiting mine.