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“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat! Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat.”

That's from Christmas is Coming, an old Christmas Carol.

Let us not forget to do as the lyric say; for those of you who can afford a fat goose (or turkey) for the table, don’t forget to help those less fortunate.

There are many wonderful events lined up in Tillsonburg for our festive season, some of which do cost and others which do not. I am going to tell you some of the events, but for a full listing with detailed information please go to http://christmasfest.ca/ or call Suzanne at 519-842-3146.

The first event to mention is out of chronological order, as they asked if I would help promote their event, and suggested that at the same time that I could promote another event and the whole festival line up. Now that is the Christmas spirit!

So allow me tell you about the wonderful annual Christmas Nativity Display and concert by the Alleluia Bell Choir at St. John’s Anglican Church on Ridout Street, Nov. 29th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You will get to view more than 75 treasured nativity scenes on displayed throughout this beautiful church. They come from around the world, simple and ornate, tiny and large, they are amazing. You will also enjoy refreshments as you listen to Christmas music performed by the 17-member Alleluia Bell Choir, directed by Peggy David. This hand bell choir draws people for the Aylmer-Tillsonburg area and listening to the bells sing will stir your soul. This combination event is free, but if you can afford it, your donation will go to help the victims of AIDS through the Anglican Church of Canada.

It was suggested that prior to this event you might like to get tickets (quickly) to St. Paul’s United Church’s yummy Turkey Supper! You can just walk across the street from one event to the other. It is also on Nov. 29th with two sittings - 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. Adults: $15 ($17 at the door); $8 for children (6-12) and free for children five and under.

There is also a concert Yuletide concert series you might like to take in on the three Thursdays leading up to Christmas Day. The first is Thursday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. at North Broadway Baptist Church with the Snowflake Sonata. Enjoy an evening with the comforting music and sounds played by the "Oxford Winds." Munch on a delicious piece of Yule Log cake and sip some hot coffee during the intermission. The second concert, on Thursday, Dec. 11th, is Frosty Frolic, an interactive evening with Vogel Joy. This family band will delight you with original music and lots of sing-along holiday favourites. The third is on Thursday, Dec. 18, 7-9 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church featuring Angelic Chords by Celtic Harpist Jennifer White. Your admission includes a yummy piece of fruit cake and some delicious apple cider.

The concerts are $15 each or $38 for concert series pass. Children under six are free at Annandale NHS and at the Station Arts Centre. Please call the museum at 519-842-2294 to reserve your tickets!

For fun events like the Christmas Sweater contest, the Build the Gingerbread House Race, counting trees at Annandale House, Story Times at the Library and more, please check out reindeergames@christmasfest.ca. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some of the other events include the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bid for Kids Sake and Battle of the Hors D'Oeuvres, on Friday, Nov. 28, from 7-11 p.m. at the Tillsonburg Community Centre. Also the Lighting of the Community Service Club Tree Garden 10-10:30 p.m. at Annandale House; the spectacular Christmas at Annandale Open House where every room is decorated by volunteers will be open until Nov. 30th free but available for their low admission fee until Jan. 4th. While there, take in their Stuffed Stocking & Penny Sale.

Nov. 29th features the Maple Manor Christmas Bazaar and Penny Sale 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 73 Bidwell St. and the Senior Centre Christmas Crafts at the Community Centre 9:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m. and a Family Movie 7 p.m. at Avondale Church.

Nov. 30th is the Down Home Country Christmas Craft Show at Glendale High School 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dec. 1st the Christmas Light Decorating Contest, which ends Dec. 19; and Tillsonburg Library Story Time 7-8 p.m.

Dec. 14th, St. Paul’s Our Christmas Cantata “The First Noel” will be presented on Sunday, during worship service with a second performance at 3 p.m.; and Evening with Dickens 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. St. John's Anglican Church, carol singing and English Country Dancing with musicians. There will be lots of refreshments, treats, and more. $10 per person, $25 for a family of three or more. Proceeds go to those in need of food and toys at Christmas (http://www.stjohnstillsonburg.ca/?q=links).

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