Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

MERRICKVILLE, ONT. – A small village in eastern Ontario celebrated the Christmas season last Saturday, with people excited to get out, support locals and get some Christmas shopping.

“It’s bigger than last year, not as big as in previous years, but working us up there again,” said Yves Grandmaitre of the Merrickville-Wolford Chamber of Commerce.

“Christmas in Merrickville is always a big day, always exciting, the shops are decorated, the village is decorated with a Victorian theme this year,” Grandmaitre said.

While Main Street was open to car traffic unlike previous years, there was still plenty to see and do.

“Unfortunately, we were not able to open the road this year, our concerns are still around COVID,” Grandmaitre said. “We wanted to ensure (to) reduce the crowds, the large crowds and also reduce the worries around the children.”

“We have Christmas songs around, Santa will be here after lunch, Lions Club serves cider and hot chocolate,” he added.

Christmas in Merrickville

Pushing local, a key initiative this winter, and the chamber are running a campaign over the next few weeks where someone could win a $ 1,300 shopping trip on December 19th.

“You spend $ 10 in any participating store, you get a ballot for a chance to win,” Grandmaitre said. “You spend $ 10 in all the participating stores, you can get 20 ballots in one day.”

“It has gone very well, we have collected all kinds of ballots and people are really excited about it, the shops are excited and it is a great way to encourage shopping locally,” he added.

Stores like Wick Witch Apothecary, which specializes in homemade candles and bath and body products.

Lianne Kulp-Aultman says it has been a busy morning.

“It’s pretty hard not to find something for that particular person on your list,” she said. “We have something for everyone.”

“We know most of the residents now because our own tiny little village has been so supportive of the products we handcraft in our own town,” Kulp-Aultman added.

“We’re really proud to be a part of such an amazing artisan community, where a lot of really amazing brands are made right here within walking distance of the shops.” she said.

Christmas in Merrickvill

Along the streets, shoppers came from all sides to get a jump on the Christmas shopping.

“We just looked around, we heard there was a Christmas market, and we came from Ottawa, and it’s amazing,” the Parsons family said.

A group of women from Brockville enjoyed a girls’ day.

“It’s amazing, festive, it’s lovely,” said one woman. “It’s really festive. I tell people to come. It’s really fun.”

“We just started (Christmas shopping) yesterday,” said Elie from Smiths Falls. “We found a lot of good stuff in wick witch and we went straight down to the vinyl store. It was great too.”

“It’s one thing that’s nice about the store’s local program, it’s really encouraging people from Brockville to Kingston to Prescott to Ottawa to come down and take advantage of our stores and the selection available within just a few blocks, “said Grandmaitre.

It seemed like the only thing missing was a little snow to set the stage.

But Mother Nature took the hint and began to transform the village into a winter landscape around noon. 12.00

“It’s just a nice holiday feeling, the spirit of the season, Merrickville has really captured it today,” Kulp-Aultman said.

“There are all sorts of options for some great photos and some great shopping,” Grandmaitre said.

A large Christmas tree was lit up at. 17 to celebrate it, and the shops stayed open until 6 p.m.

Visit the Merrickville-Wolford Chamber of Commerce website for more information on the store’s local campaign.

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