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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can share it with our readers!
(PHOTO: Jordyn Simpson, with the winning Christmas card design in the background.)
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 →
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 email@example.com, or post it to our Facebook page.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 →
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.
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.
(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 email@example.com
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.