The Centre Chevaliers was a busy place on Nov. 25, as Christmas shoppers met with merchants and children had their pictures taken with Santa Claus.
The annual Falher Christmas Expo & Santa Day was held there and 1,058 people came through the doors, pleasing organizer Tina Simard.
“It’s getting bigger every year,” says Simard.
“We’ve had even more support from the community in the form of donations. That’s what makes the event possible, to keep it free for everybody.”
She held draws for prizes throughout the day.
Simard donated the proceeds from this event, in the amount of $500, to the Twilight Figure Skating Club. This non-profit group ran the crafts activity at the Christmas Expo and raised another $175.
There were 75 tables for merchandise and other items at the event, and the merchants came from all over the region for it.
Merchandise for sale included giftware, woodwork projects, teas and other food products, knitted items and handmade journals.
Members of the the Societe Historique et Genealogique de Smoky River in Donnelly were on hand to sell books and provide information.
Children and families got their pictures taken with Santa on stage.
Phileas Flash, the balloon artist, entertained children and families with his creative talent. He made reindeer and other creatures out of his balloons. There was also face painting and glitter art tattoos for children.
Nov. 25 was a cold day, but families were willing to brave the weather and go for short hay rides on a trailer around the residential area of Falher.