Christmas in Muskoka returning to C-K

The eight annual Christmas in Muskoka returns to the Chatham Armoury Dec. 4-8. Postmedia is a sponsor of the popular community event that raises money to support more than 300 Grade 7 students in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board in Chatham-Kent to attend the Muskoka Woods Leadership Camp. This photo is from the 2015 event. Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network

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In less than a month, the Chatham Armoury will be filled with several designer Christmas trees that come with spectacular gifts as Christmas in Muskoka returns for an eighth year.

“It’s Christmas time, it’s the perfect time of the year, everybody loves to get out and take part in the festivities,” said Shawn Moynihan, co-chair of the popular fundraiser that raises money so every Grade 7 Catholic elementary school student in Chatham-Kent can attend the Muskoka Woods Leadership Camp in May.

This year’s event runs from Dec. 4-8 and will feature events that appeal to a wide range of people.

“I think it’s the premier Christmas event in Chatham-Kent” Moynihan said.

A major attraction continues to be the Christmas trees that are designed around various themes and include gifts ranging from canoes and barbecues to toys and a 50-inch flat screen TV.

Moynihan said thousands of tickets are purchased by those attending for a chance to win one of the unique Christmas trees and all the prizes that go with it. He added there is still room for a few more trees to be sponsored.

New this year, he said is people can use debit and credit cards to purchase ballots for a chance to win the trees. Tickets are 12 for $10 or 24 for $20.

Once again, Moynihan said Brian Machado and Matt Harlick of Four Diamond Catering have provided the Chatham Armoury to host the event over the five days.

“Christmas in Muskoka has received a very positive and overwhelming response from the Chatham-Kent community,” said co-chair Gerri Brown. “The Armoury will be transformed into Christmas wonderland that will feature something for everyone.”

There are plenty of activities planned throughout the five days, including an interactive theatre for children, which will feature Ursuline College Chatham students staging several performances of a ‘Charlie Brown Christmas.’

Other activities that will be ongoing, include ‘Camp Christmas’ for primary students to participate in games, crafts, Christmas activities and face painting. There is also Santa’s Gift Shoppe, which has gifts under $5 for the holiday season. The Lally Group Auto ‘Visit With Santa’ will take place throughout the five days.

To date, Christmas in Muskoka has raised over $555,000, which has supported over 3,000 Grade 7 students and high school student leaders to take part in the leadership camp.

Moynihan said the goal is to raise $200 a student during each year “and we’ve been successful with that.”

He added the mechanisms are place to ensure every Grade 7 student goes on this four-day trip.

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Christmas in Muskoka events:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Senior’s Tea from 1:30-3 p.m. – Tickets $5 at the door.
  • This is followed by The Chatham-Kent Children’s Treatment Centre Family Christmas Party from 5-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5 – The preview party from 7-9 p.m. for a chance to check out the designer Christmas trees.
  • Thursday, Dec. 6 – Grade 7/8 dance, featuring DJ ‘South Paw’ from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 7 – A Family & Community Night which is open to the public from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $5 or free with a non-perishable food item.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8 – The McDonald’s Family Breakfast with Santa from 9-10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 and are available from the McDonalds on St. Clair Street in Chatham. Organizer advise people get their tickets early, because the popular event sells out.
  • This will be followed by the TekSavvy Christmas Party from noon to 3 p.m. and then the Lally Auto Group Christmas Party will go from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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