Christmas gaiety at Visitor's Centre Sat.

Keely Dakin
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The third annual open house and local craft fair at the Prince Albert Tourism Visitor's Centre, takes place Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Jolene Vanstone, communications co-ordinator, holds a tray of muffins she just finished baking in preparation for the third annual open house and local craft fair at the Prince Albert Tourism Visitor's Centre. The visitor's centre will be open to all from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Treats such as these muffins will be available to munch on and games will be held for children. Santa will also be in attendance.

“Come out enjoy some free samples, some live music, Ty Coutu will be performing acoustic Christmas music,” said Jolene Vanstone, the communications co-ordinator at the Visitor’s Centre.

“We want people to come out from the community, do some mingling,” Vanstone said.

“To let people know we’re here, that we have locally made products and such. Everything we have here is locally made and produced in Saskatchewan,” she said.

Local artists will also be featured, with pottery by Cheryl Ring, art by Gail Carlson, and special Christmas gift baskets as well as live music.

Old Saint Nick will be reading stories to the children and giving out gifts.

There will also be complementary non-alcoholic raspberry, chokecherry and Saskatoon berry champagne to bubble up the mood.

Christmas shopping can be initiated if one is so inclined. Products for sale are varied, with a pile of things made with Saskatoon berries. Everything from chocolate to jam, to tea, to cookies and muffins, as well as locally made bath products have somehow been infused with the province’s namesake berry.

“We are going to have samples of some of our Saskatchewan made products including homemade muffins, cookies, various other treats and a feature of wild rice soup,” Vanstone said.

There will be a crafting session for children, as well as games downstairs and face painting.

“We’re gonna have fun and games for the kids, Santa’s gonna be here, we’re going to be drawing for free Raider tickets,” Vanstone said.

Vanstone said that the centre likes to hold this event as a way to remind people of their presence and how they can help people find things going on in the community.

“Just to inform residents and visitors of the great and wonderful things that Prince Albert has to offer, as well as activities outside of the city,” she said.

Last year about 50 people came out for the afternoon to mingle and do some Christmas shopping.

“We’re hoping for about the same if not more because of the additional kid’s activities and food.”

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

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