Alvinston lights up for a Hallmark Christmas

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Mary, Becca Keating, adjust the blanket around Baby Jesus - her son Rawlins - as Joseph - Cole Keating - comforts the littlest actor at the Alvinston Optimists Hallmark Christmas Saturday.

Alvinston was filled with people Saturday for the Alvinston Optimist Christmas extravaganza – It’s a Hallmark Christmas in Alvinston.

The Christmas event started when the Optimist decided to have a reverse parade during the pandemic in 2021. This year, people parked their cars at the arena and took a carriage ride to the downtown events.

Fifty-five volunteers transformed the Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Centre and downtown Alvinston in to a Christmas wonderland. There were dozens of vendors at the arena, downtown and at the Legion for people to shop and there was lots to see and do including fire performers, jugglers, a live nativity scene – complete with camels – roasting chestnuts, maple syrup making and wagon rides amid music provided by the LCCVI Band, the Sarnia Legion Band and local musicians.

And of course Santa was on hand to turn on the Christmas tree downtown and talk to lots of young people who wanted to tell them exactly what they wanted for Christmas.

Families also enjoyed a full Christmas dinner at the arena.

Rudolph looks over the crowds in downtown Alvinston Saturday night.
Kaydance Mitchell, 2, of Sarnia sits in Santa’s sleigh eating her cookie during the Alvinston Optimists Hallmark Christmas event Saturday.
Mikaela Myers of Alvinston was having a good talk with Santa in Alvinston Saturday night.
Mikaela Myers of Alvinston was having a good talk with Santa in Alvinston Saturday night.
Averianna Hogerbrugge, 10, watches as Santa and Mrs. Claus light up the Christmas tree in downtown Alvinston.
Downtown Alvinston was filled with people for the Hallmark Christmas in Alvinston hosted by the Optimist Club.
Ryan Shaw of Petrolia plays the bagpipes with the Sarnia Legion Band in downtown Alvinston Saturday.
The LCCVI band plays in front of the Presbyterian Church during the Alvinston Optimist Hallmark Christmas event Saturday.
The LCCVI band plays in front of the Presbyterian Church during the Alvinston Optimist Hallmark Christmas event Saturday.
The LCCVI band plays in front of the Presbyterian Church during the Alvinston Optimist Hallmark Christmas event Saturday.
Danielle O’Rourke of Seaforth working on an ice sculpture Saturday in Alvinston.
Fire performer at the Alvinston Optimists Hallmark Christmas event Saturday.
Fire performer at the Alvinston Optimists Hallmark Christmas event Saturday.
Fire performer at the Alvinston Optimists Hallmark Christmas event Saturday.
A juggler at the Alvinston Optimists Hallmark Christmas event Saturday.
The camels at the live nativity scene surprised these ladies, coming pretty close as they looked around.
Cole Keating and his two month old son, Rawlins, were portraying Joseph and Jesus in the live nativity scene in Alvinston Saturday.
Mary, Becca Keating, adjust the blanket around Baby Jesus – her son Rawlins – as Joseph – Cole Keating – comforts the littlest actor at the Alvinston Optimists Hallmark Christmas Saturday.
Kid were making crafts throughout the night in Alvinston.
Cousins John Callaway of Mt. Brydges and Kane Van Damme of Alvinston visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Lambton County’s Queen of the Furrow – Alvinston’s Autumn Bressette – keeps her new, yet unnamed, puppy close during the Alvinston Optimist’s Hallmark Christmas event Saturday.
People at the Alvinston Optimist Hallmark Christmas event could have a taste of maple syrup made as they watched.