Our last festival of the year, Touch of Christmas, will take place December 6-8 at Mennonite Heritage Village. Century 21 Gold Key Realty is our sponsorship partner for this event. Their support allows us to offer free admission to all guests. Prayers for comfortable weather those evenings will be appreciated.

The doors will open each evening at 5:00PM for horse-drawn sleigh rides in the Village. We appreciate the involvement of the Southeast Manitoba Draft Horse Association and Mr. Menno Barkman for volunteering their teams and their time to provide these rides. There will be a fire pit to help fingers and toes stay warm.

At 6:30 the Red Nose Christmas Show will take to the stage in the Auditorium. Well-known children’s entertainer Mr. Ken will be there to deliver the show. Mr. Ken has been a featured children’s entertainer at MHV for several years, both in summer and in winter.

Be sure to bring clothing suitable for outdoors. At the end of the Red Nose Christmas Show, the audience will be invited to make the trek out to our stable for the annual Living Nativity. This reenactment of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus takes place in the horse shelter just north of the Village. In addition to Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus, it will include live animals, shepherds, wise men, and angels.

Following the Living Nativity, sleigh rides will again be offered. There will also be refreshments in the Village Centre. Thanks to Century 21 Gold Key Realty, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will be available for everyone at no cost.

Although admission will not be charged, we will give guests the opportunity to make donations to MHV. One of the projects we are raising money for is electric door openers for the Village Centre. Too often we see people with wheelchairs or strollers struggling to enter or exit the building. The cost of this project will be about $20,000. Donations may be in the form of cash, cheque, or debit/credit card transactions.

About the Author

Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV.

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