By Heather Killen
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Middleton.
This Friday evening the holiday season begins with the town’s official tree-lighting ceremony taking place at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Park. This year, the entire event will be held outside in the park, with members of the Middleton fire department lighting a bonfire, while hot chocolate is served.
Rachael MacLean will perform at the pergola and Santa Claus will make his debut. Jennifer Coolen, recreation director, says they decided to host the event outdoors this year, because it has outgrown its former location at the fire hall.
The annual LED light exchange also takes place on November 30 at Centennial Park, so trade in two sets of old glass bulbs and receive an energy efficient string. Middleton merchants are hosting their annual moonlight madness event, many staying open late and featuring various in-store specials.
The following morning, December 1, the children’s party takes place at 10 a.m. at Annapolis East Elementary School. Lots of children’s games and activities are planned along with the annual visit with Santa Claus.
Food bank donations will be collected, but no admission is charged. Wagon rides will also take place on Saturday morning, nearby at Rotary Raceway Park.
On December 2 from 2 until 4 p.m., Old Holy Trinity is hosting an afternoon of Christmas carols. Members of Middleton Choral Society, as well as Frank Dobbin and friends will lead the songs.
Warm apple cider, hot chocolate, and cookies will be served next door at the new Holy Trinity church. People are asked to dress warmly, and to bring a food, or a monetary donation to the Twelve Baskets Food Bank.
Also on Sunday, from 2 until 4 p.m., David Skidmore, tenor, accompanied by pianist Marion Kriist will be performing a Christmas program to benefit the Macdonald Museum.
Skidmore, who now lives in Middleton, was organist and choir director of St. George’s Anglican Church; and now serves as the director of music for the Kingston United Church pastoral charge. Light refreshments will be served.
Tickets to this event are $10 and are available at the door. For more information on this event, contact the Macdonald Museum at 825-6116.