Dufferin Historical Museum adding a new contest to Christmas celebration

One of the carriage rides that take place at the Dufferin Historical Museum's Christmas event. (supplied photo)

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Dufferin Historical Museum is getting ready for their annual Christmas at the Museum night in December and the organization has added a new feature this year to help entice community members to get Carman and the RM of Dufferin glowing for the holiday season.

“We’re planning a decorating contest through both the RM of Dufferin and the Town of Carman, which is a big area,” said President of the museum, Trish Aubin.  “People can decorate their home, their street, their business, and register with the Dufferin Historical Museum through our website or by phone. Registration deadline is November 23 and the judging will take place between the 26 and 30 of November, and the winners will be declared at our Christmas event December 1.”

The Christmas at the Museum event has been happening for at least six years according to Aubin and is usually held on the first weekend in December. That tradition will continue this year with the event planned for December 1. The event will still have all the favourites including wagon rides to see the lights in town in the evening, some entertainment, snacks and beverages, and the very popular craft table for kids and adults to enjoy.

“The wagon rides are free and we want everyone to know that,” laughs Aubin. “There will be a silver collection for the event, but people will still need to get a ticket inside of the museum so we can keep track of people taking part in the night. We really don’t want 60 people on one wagon so we’re encouraging people to get their tickets when they arrive for the event.”

Aubin added she thought about scheduling times for people to sign up for rides but it wasn’t a practical way to run the evening.

“The problem with scheduling is we don’t know what the weather will be that night so we can’t really be sure how long each ride will take,” explained Aubin. “If it’s minus 6 the wagon ride could take an hour, but if it’s minus 30 the ride could take under 30 minutes. We’re starting the rides at 5:15 p.m. because we know it will be dark and we’ll try to get as many as we can in.”

The entertainment for the night will once again be Shirley Ruiter and her daughter. The duo will play some Christmas carols and other festive songs.

“They were here a couple years ago and people really enjoyed their music and would even join in to sing a few carols through the night,” she added.

There will be refreshments at the Christmas event as cider and hot chocolate, along with some dainties, will be out for people to snack on.

The decoration contest is open to residents in the RM of Dufferin and Carman.