Christmas in the Strait area

Photo by Mary Hankey
This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. To say thank you to the city of Boston for the help they sent in the days following the disaster, Nova Scotia sends a Christmas to be displayed at the Boston Common. This year’s tree is a 53-foot white spruce donated by Bob and Marion Campbell from their property in Blues Mills.
Photo by Mary Hankey
Before it was cut, a traditional Mi’kmaq smudging ceremony was performed on the tree.
Photo by Mary Hankey
Hundreds of people of all ages were on hand to see the official cutting of this year’s tree on November 15.
Photo by Mary Hankey
After the tree was cut, volunteers demonstrated how to make “tree cookies” or decorative souvenirs made from cutting pieces of the trunk.
Photo by Mary Hankey
This year’s official send-off for the tree for Boston was hosted by CTV’s Cindy Day.
Photo by Mary Hankey
Tamarac Education Centre entered this float in the Town of Port Hawkesbury’s Santa Claus Parade.
Photo by Jake Boudrot
Santa Claus talked with this youngster just after arriving at Noel Isle Madame at LeNoir Landing in Arichat on December 3.
Photo by Jake Boudrot
Santa Claus and his elves awaited the young visitors on December 3 during Noel Isle Madame at LeNoir Landing in Arichat.
Photo by Jake Boudrot — Santa Claus was very popular at this year’s Christmas Holiday Bonanza in D’Escousse on November 18.
Photo by Jake Boudrot
This young visitor poses with Santa Claus after giving him his Christmas list on November 18 at the D’Escousse Civic Improvement Centre.
Photo by Jake Boudrot
This youngster came away with a gift after visiting Santa Claus on November 18 in D’Escousse.
Photo by Jake Boudrot
During the Christmas Holiday Bonanza in D’Escousse, Santa Claus took visitors two-at-at-a-time when required.
Photo by Mary Hankey
Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm encouraged the ‘Jingle Bells’ choir following the town’s Christmas parade.
Photo by Mary Hankey
Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm Beaton and her little helper presented Charmaine Hankey, from the Atlantic Superstore, with the award for winning the commercial division in the town’s Festival of Trees.