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Where to see some great Christmas light displays in Stittsville

Grab some hot chocolate, pack the kids in the car, turn the Christmas tunes up loud and take a tour around Stittsville to check out the lights. Here are some suggestions for great displays in our area.

Do you have a neighbour with an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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High school student’s photo chosen for Goulbourn Museum’s Christmas card

(PHOTO: Jordyn Simpson, with the winning Christmas card design in the background.)

(press release)

For the second year in a row, a photograph taken by Stittsville’s Jordyn Simpson will grace the cover of the Goulbourn Museum’s Christmas card. The Grade 11 student at South Carleton High School captured the winning image while volunteering as an event photographer during the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on November 20th. Continue reading


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Show us your holiday art!

Show us your artwork!  Show us some awesome presents with colourful gift wrap ! Show us a picture of one of your winter traditions!  Show us some snowflakes! Show us some reindeer!

Send in a scan or photo of any type of art (painting, drawing, pottery, crafts etc.) before December 31.  You can send us a picture of your awesome artwork to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca, or post it to our Facebook page.

We’ll share our favourites here and on Facebook.

Let It Snow artwork by Maddie G
Inspiration artwork by Maddie G.

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NOTEBOOK: Stocking Project launch, Brummell’s retiring, more

(PHOTO: Volunteers Crystal Smalldon (aka Mother Elf) and Natasha Sidwell (aka Baby Elf) at the grand opening launch of The Stocking Project on Thursday night.)

STOCKING PROJECT LAUNCH
I dropped by Hazeldean Mall earlier this evening for the official launch of The Stocking Project. Volunteers are aiming to deliver 1,000 stockings to deserving individuals in Stittsville, Kanata and Carp.

They’ve taken over a 2,000-square foot space at the mall across from The Source, where they’ll be accepting donations and then sorting and packing the stockings. Organizer Crystal Smalldon (aka Mother Elf) says the response so far has been incredible, with 200 volunteers helping out and enough gifts already to fill about 200 stockings — that’s all thanks to word of mouth, email and Facebook posts over the past couple of weeks.

You can drop off donations at the mall during regular business hours.  To get involved as a volunteer, or for more information visit their Facebook page.

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Stocking Project launch event on December 1

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Many families in the Kanata, Carp and Stittsville area struggle financially to get through the holiday season – too proud to ask for help. They are our families, neighbours, friends, and colleagues.

Community members with a passion for giving have joined together to mount a volunteer campaign to collect enough stocking stuffers to surprise more than 1,000 people with gifts and a little helping hand this holiday season.

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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights electrifies Stittsville Main

Thousands flocked to Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. This year’s parade featured over 60 entries.  The weather was perfect, with snow on the ground but not too cold.

After the parade, Santa stuck around to help with the official tree lighting ceremony at Village Square Park, organized by the Stittsville Lions Club.  The Lions also walked the parade route collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank. There was even a marriage proposal by a firefighter during the parade!

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PARADE OF LIGHTS: Cut-off for entries, call for volunteers

The countdown is on for Santa’s arrival in Stittsville!  This year’s Stittsville Village Association Parade of Lights takes place on November 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm on Stittsville Main Street.

  • FLOATS & PARTICIPANTS: Cut-off for entries is at noon this Wednesday, November 23. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com
  • VOLUNTEERS: Organizers are still are looking for volunteers to stand at barricades along the route.This is a great volunteer opportunity for students, and it’s perfect for families too.  Volunteers stand at barricades along the parade route at each roadway, ready to move them in the unlikely event that emergency vehicles need to pass through. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com if you can help out!

The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, and to share in some hot chocolate and cookies.

The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road to Carleton Cathcart Street.


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Elves from “The Stocking Project” seek community donations

The 3rd Annual Kanata/Stittsville/Carp Stocking Project has launched for 2016!

The premise behind The Stocking Project is simple: The target for this project are people who would normally not ask for help, those who would not attempt to solicit help from an agency of any kind, and those who likely tell very few people they need help.

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NOTEBOOK: 9RunRun attendance boost, Jinkinson re-zoning, Kungfu lunches

9RUNRUN ATTENDANCE BOOST
The final fundraising tally for last week’s 9RunRun won’t be available until November but the attendance numbers are encouraging. Organizer Brenda Tirrell says that combined, the three races had about 1700 registrants, up by about 400 from last year’s race. Continue reading


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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: That crazy house on Elm

Above: This house on Elm Crescent, south of Elm, is a flashing beacon that’s probably visible from outer space.  The snowman, who’s toppling over in the photo, is massive.   Photo by Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: All lit up on Bert G. Argue Drive

Above: A brightly decorated house on Bert G. Argue Drive, one of several on that street just off of West Ridge.   Photo by Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: The disco lights of Bell Street

You really cannot miss these two houses on Bell Street, just east of Elm.  They are right across the street from each other and they must be the most intensely-lit homes in all of Stittsville. You really need to visit for the full visual effect, especially the Christmas tree. All photos by Barry Gray.

UPDATE: It turns out the owners of the house at 37 Bell Street have set up a Facebook page about the light show, and they’re using it to raise money for CHEO.  They’ve raised over $1,100 so far, well above their goal of $500.  Click here for info / to donate.

Christmas lights on Bell Street. Photo by Barry Gray.
Christmas lights on Bell Street. Photo by Barry Gray.
Christmas lights on Bell Street. Photo by Barry Gray.
Christmas lights on Bell Street. Photo by Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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PHOTOS: Kanata Stocking Project 2015

Volunteers stuffed over 440 stockings and gift bags for families in Kanata, Stittsville and Carp today, filling a 28-foot truck.

It was all part of the Kanata Stocking Project 2015, and the stuffing took place at the old Target space at the Hazeldean Mall. Thanks to Tanya Hein for sending along the photos. Continue reading


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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: The handsome lights of Renshaw Avenue

If you’re looking for great Christmas lights, take a drive through Crossing Bridge and West Ridge, and hone in on Renshaw Avenue. There are lots of homes on this street with big Christmas light displays.

The house pictured above is the most tasteful and classy Christmas light display in our community, hands down.  And the house below is covered from lawn to roof with lights and decor. All photos by Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!

Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray

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“Christmas in a Stable” this Saturday at Sunset Farms

(via Trinity Presbyterian Church & Sunset Farms / photo courtesy of Sunset Farms)

The Christmas story is filled with colourful characters, drama, and beauty. The special moment of the birth of Jesus happens in a stable. Many people decorate their homes with beautiful Nativity sets to remember this Holy time.

On Saturday, December 19 at 7:00pm you are going to have a chance to gather in a stable, to hear the Christmas Story and to sing it in the Carols of the season!

Sunset Farms at 6559 Hazledean Road, Stittsville, is opening its doors for this wonderful event. Wonderful soloists, a chance for everyone to sing their favorite carol, a visit from the Innkeeper, a Shepherd, and a Wiseman, as we revisit that Holy Night.

The event is open to the public, but your’e asked to bring a donation for the Food Bank.

For more information contact Trinity Presbyterian Church on Richardson Side Road or call 613-836-1429 or e mail info.trinity.kanata@gmail.ca


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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: Christmas lights on Belton

The other night we did a drive around Stittsville to check out the lights and decorations. The Crossing Bridge / West Ridge area appears to have the highest LED count per household of all the neighbourhoods.

One of the brightest streets is Belton Avenue off Hobin Street. These pics (above and below) are from photographer Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

 

Christmas lights on Belton St. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Belton St. Photo by Barry Gray

 

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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