Museum celebrating Christmas in style

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STELLARTON – There will be no shortage of things to do this Saturday at The Museum of Industry. With the museum staff getting ready for the holiday season they will have things in full swing this weekend with their Holiday at the Museum event.

The talk of the town, tiny and regular sized this year is sure to be the Tiny Tinsel Town event that will dazzle viewers of all ages with a full display of minature towns and winter scenes of all kinds. With moving trains, skaters and gondolas it would be easy to spend hours looking at the intricate exhibit. Tiny Tinsel Town is the result of three Pictou County women with a love for collecting Department 56 brand decorations. The tinsel town is free to viewers and will be at the museum until December 21.

“Tiny Tinsel town is a fun and festive display that is designed to appeal to kids of all ages,” said Debra McNabb, museum director. “Thanks to the volunteers who provided the hundreds of pieces, the hard work and creativity to install this experience for the joy of others.”

Overall, it took three people a week to set up the massive miniature display.

Everyone’s favourite man in red, Santa Claus, will be at the museum as well from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday for storytime with Santa in the Tiny Tinsel Town room. While they’re there, kids can decorate the kids’ train for Christmas and make ornaments to take home from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bubba and some of the St. John Ambulance therapy dogs will also be there taking in the festivities.

Who needs snacks when you can build your own gingerbread house with the Pictou County United Way’s Gingerbread House fundraiser happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., those looking to participate can contact the United Way to register. In partnership with the United Way as well, the North Nova Scotia Jeep Club will be posted outside accepting donations for their annual toy drive which will go to the United Way.

Pop-up shops of local vendors will also be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday as well to help with a little Christmas shopping.