'Tis the Season
Tuesday Dec 01st, 2015Share
This is certainly one of my favourite times of the year! Decorations are starting to appear and the shops beckon us with all kinds of things for our presents to give AND receive list! It is a wonderful time of year to enjoy this amazing town and all it has to offer. There are Christmas markets and bazaars that offer unique gift ideas. Cultural events for the season abound as well as lots of outdoor fun. I thought I would share some of the local happenings in Oakville to help get you and your family and friends out for a hot chocolate and a skate or humming along to The Nutcracker and maybe also taking the time to give back to those that are less fortunate in our community.
Church bazaars are a great place to get reasonably priced home baking which is always welcome.
Many of the bazaars noted take place in November, but keep your eyes open as you drive around town. Many signs still appear for December events.
There are many outdoor local skating rinks in parks all across Oakville, but the atmosphere at Skate in the Square in downtown Oakville is pretty hard to beat. In the heart of downtown you can enjoy the decorations, get a hot chocolate and take a post- skate stroll by the lake. The rink is open November 28-February 29.
Hitting the slippery slopes with a toboggan is a great way to have some family fun. Oakville has some great neighbourhood hills.
Old Abbey Park: Three awesome hills beside Abbey Lane Public school.
Oxford and Upper Middle: A gentle hill that is still lots of fun and more importantly is easy to walk back up.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park: This huge hill is a blast and is perfect for thrill seekers and new tobogganers alike. Park entry requires the purchase of a day pass so you may as well bring your skates too and enjoy the beautiful outdoor rink- my personal favourite.
Appleby College: Enjoy the scenery while you sled.
The Oakville Performing Arts Centre presents The Nutcracker from November 27th to December 06th. It is a wonderful full length production with amazing sets and costumes. The Centre also holds its annual one hour Christmas concert put on by the Oakville Children’s Choir on December 13th.
Giving this holiday season:
Christmas is a difficult time for many people who struggle all year to provide the basic necessities for themselves and their families with little chance of anything to put towards the holidays.
Kerr Street Mission (KSM) serves meals throughout the year and is truly a gathering place for many. Meals are a really important part of what KSM does. People in need often come for the meal, but then become part of a community which quite often allows them to learn about access to other valuable available services.
By donating time or money to a local community centre you can help individuals or a family enjoy a much needed nutritious meal and help them feel connected in their community.
Our community has so much to offer over the holidays, with some time and effort we can all make a difference in ensuring that the most vulnerable of our community feel remembered as well.