There’s no shortage of holiday fun to be had in St. Marys as Christmas draws near.
During the next two weekends, visitors to the wonderful WinterLights display will be able to enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides around Milt Dunnell Field. The rides will be offered December 14 and 15, December 21 and 22, as well as on Christmas Eve, December 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Rides are first-come, first-served, with two steps into the wagon. Parking is available at the north end of the park, near the WinterLights sponsor sign, which is also the loading area for the wagon rides.
There are two new WinterLights displays to enjoy this year. A Shark’s Tale, commissioned by the Benner family, is in memory of Doug and Marna Fletcher, who helped save a six-year-old boy from a shark attack while on vacation in Florida in 1968. The Re/Max balloon was created by the Reid Dundas Team, A-B Realty Ltd. Brokerage.
Viewing the display and the wagon rides are free; however, donations to offset the display’s set-up and maintenance costs are always appreciated. There are two donation boxes, one at the sponsor wall, which lists all the generous sponsors for this year’s display, and another near “waving Santa” as you exit the park. For donations requiring a tax receipt, please contact Events Coordinator Andrea Macko at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-284-2340, ext. 249.
Many community partners are sponsoring free public skating at the Pyramid Recreation Centre during the holiday season. The River Road Run is sponsoring free skating on Saturday, Dec. 21, Monday, Dec. 23, and Saturday, Dec. 28 from 2 to 2:50 p.m., and the Downie Optimist Club is sponsoring free skating on Friday, Dec. 27 from 2 to 2:50 p.m. Forman Electric is sponsoring free skating on Monday, Dec. 30 from 2 to 2:50 p.m.
Residents can give back to the community on Saturday, December 14 from 2 to 2:50 p.m. with a “Donate to Skate” event for the United Way.
The St. Marys Museum is getting into the holiday spirit with a special seasonal exhibit entitled “Do You Hear What I Hear.” The exhibit sheds light on the local history of holiday music. The Museum is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Begin the New Year on the right foot with a family New Year’s Eve party at the Pyramid Recreation Centre on Tuesday, December 31. Thanks to the generosity of Scotiabank, there are two free swimming times: 6 to 6:50 p.m. and 7 to 7:50 p.m., while Tim Hortons is sponsoring free skating from 6 to 8 p.m. A balloon drop will take place at 8 p.m. so little ones can help bring in 2020.
Stay in the seasonal know by liking @stmarysontario and @pyramidcentre on Facebook and following @townofstmarys on Twitter. You can also visit www.townofstmarys.com/celebratetheseason for details on all these events.