Pink Bow Tie was creative with spruce boughs decorating 176 Main Street on the Vankleek Hill Christmas Porch Tour held on Saturday, November 19. Photo: James Morgan

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.

An old stone house decorated for Christmas is always a welcome sight. 199 Main Street was decorated by Grace Clermont and Vankleek Cottage. Photo: James Morgan
History was brought to life at the Vankleek Hill Museum on Saturday, November 19 during the Christmas Porch Tour. Jamie Paquette, left, and Milena Lepage, right were in historical costumes greeting museum visitors. Photo: James Morgan
Tea and Christmas Treasures featured collectible and vintage Christmas decorations, with tea and bake sales at four churches in Vankleek Hill on Saturday, November 19. This was the scene in the Archie Hardy Hall at Knox Presbyterian Church. Photo: James Morgan
The Vankleek Hill Quilt Guild held a show at Knox Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 19. The 24-member group had many examples of its handiwork on display. “We make a lot of quilts that we donate,” said guild member Karen Cowan. The guild donates its Comfort Quilts to cancer and palliative care patients, and Cuddle Quilts to newborns at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital’s (HGH) birthing unit. Cowan said the guild has donated 15 quilts in 2022. Photo: James Morgan
The ladies of St. John’s Anglican Church were making sure there was tea and treats for Tea and Christmas Treasures on November 19. From left to right: Stella Howes, Nan Barton, Linda Bennett, Sheila LeRoy, and Betty McCrimmon. Photo: James Morgan

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