“The local choirs in town will be there, some soloists and musicians as well, we will be doing carol singing with the audience and serving traditional food,” said Margie Cameron, treasurer of the Louisbourg Heritage Society.
“A lot of people in town look forward to it as the beginning of their Christmas season.”
When the event was first held 26 years ago it took place at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church rectory where Rev. Francis Cameron was the priest at the time.
“It was a Victorian house built in 1888, with beautiful high ceilings, fireplaces, lovely finished woodwork,” she said, adding the women would get together and decorate the rectory.
“In those years we had a real Christmas tree with ornaments and we would string popcorn and cranberries and some of the older ladies would crochet ornaments.”
The event would begin with a group going around the community singing carols and stopping at homes where there were shut-ins, before returning to the rectory for carol singing.
“There were local church choirs, solo pieces and the ladies dressed in traditional Victorian costume,” she said. “We didn’t serve anything elaborate just the basic traditional food, cookies, shortbread and fruitcake, and we still do that.”
Cameron said the event was a hit from the start.
“It was a packed house even the first couple of years.”
In 1994, the rectory was sold and the event was moved to the Old Town Hall, from there it went to the seniors building and now is held annually at the Louisbourg Playhouse.
Cameron said the last number of years Selina Durnford and a group of young women have been organizing the celebration.
“They are doing a wonderful job.”
There is no admission to the festivities. A freewill offering will be accepted at the door and non-perishable food donations for the food bank are also welcome.
Other Christmas shows to be announced at a later date.