Ste. Anne is turning Main Street into a Christmas village this weekend, and that means kids can meet characters from their favourite movies.
Kids haven’t had many opportunities to meet characters up close the last few years, so it’ll be an extra special experience for them.
The characters coming to Ste. Anne this year are Anna, Elsa, Olaf, the Grinch, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and even a Christmas minion.
They will be inside different businesses on Main Street where you can line up to meet them.
Each character will have a volunteer with them to help take photos for you and your family.
Sarah Normandeau says this is an event celebrating Ste. Anne, but it's for people from all communities to come down and enjoy.
She says one of the coolest things about the event is that most of the volunteers are teenagers.
"It's kind of an event put on by teens. Most of our mascots are teens, and when I tell people the Grinch was 14 last year, they're shocked cause she just had all the mannerisms down pat.”
People can look forward to more interaction with Santa this year as he will be parked out front on Main Street with his sleigh.
Normandeau notes that last year, people only saw Santa when he came through the parade.
"He's going to be doing a Christmas reading with the kids I think at 2:00 o'clock, like the night before Christmas,” she says. “He's gonna read that to all the kids, he's going to do an interactive sing-along, Christmas caroling with the kids.”
They are also renting the community hall on Main Street, where Phoenix Cheer will collect toys for the local food bank.
“They're all about community, always willing to jump into any event, and they're going to be building the 2022 Cheer Mountain is what we're calling it, and we're going to try to get it as big as we possibly can.”
The Catholic Church in Ste. Anne is also joining the event with their choir. They will be walking around singing Christmas carols.
She says people came in from all over last year, so much so that the police had to help with traffic for the parade.
“We knew the event could potentially grow huge, so we had them involved last year helping with traffic, which is great because they volunteered their time.”
She describes the event as “a Christmas explosion on Main Street.”
They have a map of where the characters will be, so it’s easy for you to know where to go to meet your favourite characters.
The event takes place on Saturday, November 26th from 1-4pm.
with files from Dave Anthony