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Newcomers to P.E.I. will welcome Santa in annual Christmas get together Tuesday

Rahmat Farag visits with Santa at the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada’s Christmas open house in 2015. All are invited to take in this year’s event 4-6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Confederation Centre’s Memorial Hall. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Rahmat Farag visits with Santa at the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada’s Christmas open house in 2015. All are invited to take in this year’s event 4-6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Confederation Centre’s Memorial Hall. SUBMITTED PHOTO

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Newcomers and Islanders alike can ring in the Christmas season at the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada’s Christmas open house.

The annual event will be held at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Memorial Hall on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m.

In recent years, the event has drawn more than 700 attendees.

The free vent will feature performances by the Singing Strings Orchestra, hot drinks and cookies, a children’s activity table and will finish off with a line dancing demonstration from the Dancing Nighbours.

The guest of honour, Santa Claus, will be available for photos.

“Christmas is a time for friends to get together, enjoy some food and music and each other’s company,’’ said Craig Mackie, executive director of the newcomers association. “That’s what our Christmas Open House is all about.’’

It’s is also an important holiday inclusion event.

“Newcomers can experience some classic Canadian Christmas traditions like hot apple cider, Christmas carols and for the kids, Christmas crafts and a visit from Santa,’’ says Nancy Clement, community engagement co-ordinator with the association, noting that the event also gives the public a chance to come and meet some of their newest neighbours.

For more information, contact Dani MacDonald at 902-629-6009, ext. 229.

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