Friday, December 10, 2010
By Joanne Hagen
Huge, sparkling, crystalline flakes falling softly, each doing its own individual dance on its way to the earth. The yellow glow of bonfire flames light up the smiling faces gathered around, and the soft crunch of wagon wheels on snow as a horse team pulls up for a group eagerly awaiting a hayride through the village. Friends and neighbours conversing over cups of hot chocolate, children laughing with Santa, and the sounds of Christmas carols filling the crisp, winter air. Christmas has arrived at the Village at Pigeon Lake.
November 19 the Village kicked off their yuletide festivities with an outdoor party, and despite the frosty temperature, the community bundled up and made their way down to enjoy an evening of entertainment and fun. Steve Breum of Gone Green Farms supplied the horse team and haywagon for rides around the village, which will continue every Saturday up to and including December 18. A blazing bonfire kept everyone toasty warm while enjoying the Village’s Christmas celebration.
"The village always puts on a great Christmas party," said community resident Loren Hoflin who brought son, Joseah, to watch the show and talk to Santa.
After hayrides, hot chocolate, and other games and activities, the evening wrapped up with a huge fireworks display. The Village at Pigeon Lake is a community-minded centre that works as hard to present fun and recreation activities for the community as it does to provide excellent shopping and services.