Residents explore the Christmas store

Heritage Village’s annual festive shop now open

By Carol Christian, Connect Contributor

The Christmas Shop at Heritage Village is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday at 1 Tolen Drive. Photo by Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

The Christmas Shop at Heritage Village is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday at 1 Tolen Drive. Photo by Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly.

There may not be any snow on the ground – which some may say is a good thing, but over at Heritage Village, it’s looking a lot like Christmas.

The Christmas Shop has returned for another season of festive offerings.

It is a calm and serene setting for visitors, especially those who lost everything Christmas, finding a walk among festive decor somewhat emotional and difficult.

“Christmas is a time of tradition and families have lost that,” acknowledged Roseanne Davidson, Executive Director of Heritage Village.

When families go to reach for those heirloom pieces, decorations gathered over the years or the ones made by little hands, it’s going to make Christmas a very trying time for some.

“As a small token of giving a little support back to the community, we have a couple of different in-store offers to help residents who lost everything during this emotional time,” she said. “It’s a small gesture to try and help bring some cheer back into their festive season.”

There are wreaths, so many trinkets of all shapes, sizes, colours and themes from nostalgic to outdoorsy; heirloom pieces such as ‘Baby’s First Christmas’; dishes and other holiday inspired kitchen accoutrements; stuffies and holiday figures; Christmas stockings; and the all-important angels for the top of the tree.

The shop also boasts quite a selection of kissing balls, even a rack holding those magical keys for Santa to visit homes to bypass the chimney.

There are even decorations in the form of children, couples and families that can be personalized to bring a little extra “family” to the holidays.

It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Monday to Saturday.

Davidson pointed out funds raised in the shop assist with the support “our work to preserve our past for the next generation.”

The village, a collection of 17 buildings, suffered millions in damages in the 2013 flood.

The Fort McMurray Heritage Society was also preparing to re-open the Heritage Shipyard when the forest fire hit.

Despite all the challenges, work continues at the village which looks to celebrate its much anticipated re-opening next summer.

– Connect Weekly –