Following is a listing of upcoming events in the ongoing festival.
Friday, November 22
Service Club Tree Lighting and Exhibit Opening
7 p.m.- 9 p.m. on the lawn of Annandale National Historic Site, ‘lighting up’ Christmas trees in honour of Tillsonburg’s Service Clubs. Followed by hot cider and cookies in the program room. That evening and for the weekend, admission by donation to the ANHS site featuring new exhibit: A Catalogue Christmas. Also for the weekend, penny sale for stuffed Christmas stockings.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Bid for Kids Sake
Charity Auction and Battle of the Hors beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lion’s Auditorium. Sample scrumptious
hors d’ oeuvres prepared by local restaurants and be part of the judging team along with celebrity chef Mathew Taylor. Advance tickets only, $30 per person. For details, visit www.sharethefun.org or call 519-485-1801 for tickets.
Saturday, November 23
Seniors Centre Craft Sale
From 9 a.m.-1p.m. at the complex, featuring an assortment of handcrafted items including quilts, Afghans, clothing, housewares, a bake table, penny table and free refreshments.
St. Paul’s Down Home Country Christmas Dinner
Delicious homestyle Christmas dinner including turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, squash, peas, coleslaw and topped off with Christmas pudding. Free entertainment in the sanctuary. Meal settings at 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. Advance tickets: Adults $15, Children (6-12) $8, Children under 5 free. At the door: $17. Tickets available at Bere’s Meat, Grocery & Catering 519-842-3679, Coward’s Pharmacy Ltd. 519-842-4081, Station Arts Centre 519-842-6151, St. Paul’s United Church Office 519-688-0011 or from any Council Member of St. Paul’s United Church.
St. John’s Anglican Nativity Display and Alleluia Bell Choir
View 75-100 nativity scenes displayed on the windowsills and in the sanctuary, enjoy refreshments and listen to Christmas music performed by the 15-member Alleluia Bell Choir, Directed by Peggy David of Springfield, Ontario. Donations will go to help the victims of AIDS through the Anglican Church of Canada.
Station Arts Centre/Kinettes Tour of Homes
Visit all of the locations to see them decked out in their Christmas splendor on the annual
Tour of Homes. Stop by the Station Arts Centre for a spot of tea and some seasonal treats from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets available at the Station Arts Centre, Co-operators Insurance, Harvest Retirement Home and Annandale National Historic. Tickets $12 in advance $15 the weekend of the tour. For information, call the Station Arts Centre at 519-842-6151.
Down Home Country Christmas Craft Show
New venue, menu and vendors for the 29th annual show at Glendale High School. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission $4 with non-perishable food item, $5 without non-perishable food item.
November 29 and 30
Greater Gifts Christmas Concert
Join us in supporting the Tillsonburg Helping Hand Food Bank and Theatre Tillsonburg and receive a gift of music featuring talented area musicians performing at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Otter Valley Playhouse (Theatre Tillsongburg). Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Child, $20 Family - tickets will be available at the Station Arts Center, 41 Bridge Street West and at the door.
Greater Gifts Christmas Lighting Contest
Sharing the joy of the season through Christmas lights and decorations. Select the display that embodies the joy of Christmas lights by voting for it at: www.tillsonburgchristmasfestival.ca and bring a donation for the local Food Bank to your favorite display. Judging to be done online at www.tillsonburgchristmasfestival.ca.
Dress up a family member as a Christmas tree. Post family photo around the ‘tree’ to TCCF Facebook page. Winners selected at random. Contest opens November 15 and closes December 15.
Dec’ The House
Fifteen-minute gingerbread house challenge at Town Centre Mall, December 7 from 2-2:15 p.m. Followed by judging, awarding of prizes and auction. Suggested donation of $10. Registration opens November 17, closes December 4. Kits can be picked/registration made at library December 4 6:30-8 p.m.; December 5 10 a.m.-12 noon; and 6-8 p.m.
School Snowperson Challenge
Friendly challenge to Tillsonburg schools to create a snowperson out of recycled materials. Opens December 2, closes December 13, judging and prizes awarded December 16-19.
Ugly Sweater Contest
Ugliest sweater group (work, service group) photos. Upload to TCCF Facebook page, winner of $100 donation to charity of choice selected at random. Opens December 2, closes December 23.
100 Gifts of Giving
Mayor John Lessif will be handing out 100 cards to community and area citizens, challenging them to do a random act of kindness, log on and record the act at www.hundredgifts.com, and then continue the positive energy by passing on their card, for a process intended to go ‘viral’ throughout the community and surrounding area. Opened during the tree lighting ceremony at Avondale, to continue until December 31.