Main Street packed and businesses thrive, as hundreds of visitors take part in
Vankleek Hill’s Christmas Porch Tour
Vankleek Hill’s Christmas Porch Tour was a smashing success last Saturday (November 19).
The event organized by Jade Garden owner Erin Dawson and Pink Bow Tie owner Rebecca Bradley sold out all 300 tickets available.
“Everybody was in great spirits,” said Dawson of event. “We had perfect weather.”
Tour-goers were able to walk to five decorated porches in Vankleek Hill to view the amazing decorations. Businesses throughout the village were busy throughout the day and parking was scarce on Main Street. The Windsor Tavern provided food and refreshments for the Porch Tour and was busy with lineups of hungry and thirsty visitors throughout the day.
“(Main Street) was just packed with people – which was awesome to see,” Dawson enthused. “The shops and vendors all did well.”
“Everybody I’ve spoken with was really happy.”
Other events also did well over the weekend, including the Vankleek Hill Creating Centre at 11 High Street, which was open for one of its six consecutive Christmas Craft Fair weekends. Arbor Gallery was busy hosting a pop-up shop and the Vankleek Hill Museum was open with special displays inside.
Christmas was also the highlight at three church halls in town, where holiday decorations, figurines and more – both old and new – were offered for sale. Each of the three churches – Knox Church Hall, Trinity Church Hall and St. John’s Church Hall – offered bake tables and a set-up for folks to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and some treats.
There was a bridal theme to the décor at 25 Home Avenue. The porch was decorated by Jade Garden. Photo: James Morgan
A roaring fire kept visitors, knights and ladies in waiting warm at the medieval-themed Christmas at 33 Jay Street. Photo: Reid Masson