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Friday, November 18, 2011

Big Crowd for Shoppers Night

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

Weather didn't keep crowds away for tree lighting, Christmas shopping season begins.

Another Christmas season is underway in downtown Port Elgin.

The Christmas tree in Coulter's Parkette at the corner of Goderich and Green Streets was officially lit up as children and adults sang Christmas songs and carols.

Saugeen Shores Town Crier Neil Menage got everyone's attention with his official proclamation that the season was underway.

It was a blustery night but 8 year old Sylvia Weigel of Port Elgin didn't care.

She was just happy to be with her family helping to kick off the season.

Weigel -- who is 8 going on 20 -- surprised her mother when she told Bayshore Broadcasting she would like some make-up for Christmas since she doesn't have a lot of it and she likes to dress up.

Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith was on hand and said he was blessed to be living in such a great community where they would get people leaving their warm homes to be part of the downtown and Chamber of Commerce event.

Smith says his Christmas wish is that everyone have a wonderful holiday season.

There was a new twist to the event this year.

Burn barrels were on the street corners for people to warm their hands in the night chill.

The aroma of burning wood wafted through the downtown Port Elgin area as shoppers got down to business with their holiday shopping.

A similar kick-off event will be held next Thursday in Southampton at the Town Hall, during Sparkles Night.

After that it's Santa Claus parade time in Port Elgin on November 26th and Southampton on December 2nd.

Joe Carter of 98 the Beach was the emcee for the Port Elgin Shopper's Night festivities on Thursday night.



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