Heather Hay left organizer of Muskoka Pride: Defining Diversity and Michelle Emson filmmaker and one of the presenters at the LGBT Conference.Photo by Gay Bell

Most wonderful time of the year

By Cindy Campbell

Published Dec. 5 2017

Downtown Haliburton is the place to be this holiday season! Please join us and experience the beauty of all the window displays and decorations. Each year businesses spend many hours preparing their businesses to host you for your Christmas shopping. It is so important that everyone realizes the economic spin-off of shopping local. When you support a Haliburton Village business they give back to the community by way of charitable donations prize giveaways sports team sponsorship event sponsorship increased employment opportunities and more.

Please think about where you spend your hard earned dollars and know that when you shop local you are helping cultural groups little hockey players arts groups student athletic teams charity fundraisers silent auctions and countless others. You make a difference!
The brand new snowflake decorations are beautiful and cast a wonderful glow on the downtown. It is wonderful to see people out strolling in the evening and enjoying the ambience of Highland Street.
The Christmas tree in the village square is spectacular and adds to the beauty of the season.
Wasn’t that a great Santa Claus parade? This year was the biggest and the best parade with more than 40 entries. A tremendous amount of work goes into this parade and the lion’s share (pun intended) is done by Jim Frost and the Haliburton and District Lions Club.
Sincere and heartfelt thanks to Jim and his team for bringing Santa Claus to town and kicking off the holiday season in downtown Haliburton! The marching bands were amazing the colourful floats were very creative and the dancers were very talented. Thank you to everyone in the parade for the great entertainment that you provided.

Downtown Haliburton will be hosting our second annual Women’s Shopping Night on Friday Dec. 8. Participating businesses will be open until 7 p.m. and will be offering special discounts or free gifts or gifts with purchase or all of the above.
Ladies you really don’t want to miss this special event that has been organized with you as the focus. Carollers will be strolling the street to enhance your shopping experience.
The following week on Friday Dec. 15 we will be hosting Men’s Shopping Night. This is when the women who have made their list from the week before give it to the men in their lives and the Super Shopper (aka me) helps them get everything just right.
On both shopping nights there will be gift wrapping in the V&S hallway by donation to charity.
So worth it to have someone make your gifts look as great as all of the effort you put into selecting and purchasing them.

Last until Dec. 22 stop by any downtown Haliburton member business make a purchase and fill in a ballot for the Buy In And (BIA) Win trip for two to Mexico or $1000 cash. You can enter as many times as you want and this is our way of saying thanks for shopping local.
Thank you to everyone that helped make these downtown Haliburton promotions a reality – you are appreciated! We look forward to seeing and serving you and your loved ones in downtown Haliburton this holiday season!