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Kintail Country Christmas

Press Release from MVC

It’s a riverside yuletide at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area on Saturday, December 13 from noon to 6 p.m.

Join us for Kintail Country Christmas and step into the wonderful world of holidays past. From Father Christmas to the Valley Voices experience the simpler side of the season with music, laughter and the great outdoors. Take a stroll, or sleigh ride through the lantern-lit walkways or strap on your blades and go for a spin around the outdoor skating rink. Enjoy stories by the fire, a Children Only Gift Shop, complete with wrapping elves. There’s hot apple cider and home baking too.

Hosted by Mississippi Valley Conservation at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, this second annual event has something for everyone.

“Last year was a great success. We are so excited to host this event again this year,” says Museum Manager Stephanie Kolsters.

The holidays are a time when you appreciate what you have, and what we have is a beautiful outdoor site, heritage buildings and a wonderful group of supporters.

Enjoy performances by both the Valley Players and Valley Voices in the Gatehouse at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists will be hosting outdoor activities throughout the day while the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and artist Jennifer Ryder-Jones provide ornament and craft making activities. Sleigh rides, courtesy of the Wolf Grove Ryed-hers, are a wonderful way to see the site. Free hot apple cider is provided courtesy of the Ottawa Region Media Group. Lily White will tell stories by the fire in the museum at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the outdoor skating will be open for all.

Kintail Country Christmas is truly a community event celebrating this exciting and fun time of year.

“Family and friends are what this magical season is all about. We invite you to enjoy all the traditions of the holiday season and spend time with your loved ones surrounded by the beauty of the conservation area,” says Kolsters.

Father Christmas will also be visiting the Mill of Kintail conservation area on December 13. Visit him in the museum gallery; each family receives a free photograph.

The festivities run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 13. Admission is only $10 per vehicle. For more information call Stephanie at 613-256-3610 ext. 2, visit  or look for us at the Pakenham and Almonte Christmas parades, December 6 and 7, for a detailed schedule of events and site map. Schedules and site maps will also be available at the entrance and online.

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