Lack of snow doesn’t slow down winter festival
|By Alex Coop - Staff Writer | December 10, 2015
Santa’s workshop was surrounded by greenery, not snow, on Saturday, but that didn’t stop people from visiting.
Dozens of people showed up to Abbey Gardens’ second annual Winter Festival on Dec. 5. Activities for both children and adults were aplenty.
“Last year things were fairly low key,” said Heather Reid, operations director at Abbey Gardens. “This year we had lots of changes and added a wagon ride with Santa’s Workshop at the end … we also have
Haliburton Highlands Brewing providing a special venue for adults.”
In addition, the whiff of delicious Christmas food filled the air inside the facility’s food hub.
Cara Steele, program coordinator, said it took about half a day to build Santa’s entire workshop.
“We had some wonderful volunteers who helped speed things up,” she said.
She said the lack of snow didn’t bother anyone.
“We were just so happy it wasn’t raining,” she said. “It was so nice out, and we were hoping it was festive enough in [Santa’s Workshop] that it didn’t matter there was no snow.”
ALEX COOP is a reporter for The Highlander.