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Annual Christmas on the Farm returns in-person Dec. 2 and 3

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Journal staff

Sarnia’s beloved Christmas on the Farm event will be in-person this year, for the first time since 2019.

“We’re so excited to be returning to our traditional celebration of the holiday season with a free event featuring all the old favourites our community enjoys,” community services coordinator Rachel Veilleux said of the Dec. 2 and 3 event. “…alongside some new attractions that are sure to delight all ages.”

Returning attractions include horse and carriage rides, craft-making, ice-carving demonstrations, train rides, and a festival favourite — roasted chestnuts.

The event, held in cooperation with the Seaway Kiwanis Club, will also feature some new additions including storytime with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, a character meet and greet, and cookie giveaway.

The event, now in its 48th year, went virtual in 2020, and was dubbed ‘Christmas Off the Farm’ and even earned an achievement award from Festivals and Events Ontario.
Last year, free “Christmas at Home” kits were handed out at the drive-by Santa Claus Parade at Lambton College. The kits contained the elements normally found at the annual event.

Christmas on the Farm runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 3.

To prepare for the event, the section of Cathcart Boulevard west of Lake Chipican Drive will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 2.

During the event, the Children’s Animal Farm will be open, free to visitors.

With the exception of the food and beverage station, the event is entirely free.

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