The fourth annual South Shore Christmas Crawl has started with numerous events planned throughout the region to celebrate the holiday season.
The Christmas Crawl “is a grassroots collaborative effort to attract visitors to stroll and stay on the South Shore to celebrate the season,” said Stephanie Miller Vincent, co-ordinator for the South Shore Tourism Cooperative in a press release.
“Running from November through January, it stitches together existing events from participating businesses, galleries, museums and retailers. This collaborative effort invites visitors to sip, savour, shop, and stay in the region.”
An online show-me map at www.christmascrawl.ca and on the Nova Scotia South Shore Facebook page gives people one place to discover what is happening throughout the holiday season in Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties, said Vincent.
“Hopefully they come and spend a night or two,” she said in an interview. “There’s lots of local markets happening. Many of them are happening outdoors. Folks are finding ways to change their traditional experiences and making them COVID appropriate.”
From craft fair and markets, to feasting, shopping events, festivals, and packages, events get underway on the Nov. 27 weekend.
The Chester Village Christmas and Tis a Mahone Bay Christmas festivals, a wreath making workshop at the River Ridge Lodge, the Artists of White Point Showcase and Sale, and a stationary Parade of Lights at the Barrington Municipal Grounds are among the events to take place.
Coastal Queens Crafts, a tax-free venue with more than 30 crafters and artisans specializing in handmade novelties and gifts in Port Mouton, Queens County, is open for the season on Wednesdays through to Sundays until Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The New Ross Christmas Festival on Dec. 4 to 6 is another highlight of the South Shore Christmas Crawl in Lunenburg County.
“Now more than ever it is important to explore your own backyard, to crawl the shore and enjoy all it has to offer,” said Vincent.
Originally published on Saltwire.