Market at mill in Alberni this weekend

This year marks the ninth Annual McLean Mill Christmas Village and the fourth year for the Festival of Christmas Lights.

With more than 25 artisans and crafters showcased in Port Alberni’s Historic McLean Mill cabins and visitor’s centre, the site will be jam-packed with items perfect for gift giving and holiday decorating This old-time country setting is an extravaganza for the senses.

Both events take place over the next two weekends:

• Friday, Nov 23 from 4-9 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Friday, Nov 30 from 4-8 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec 1 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As you leisurely browse through the village with its decorated buildings and festive lights, you’ll be greeted by the artisans displaying or demonstrating their craft.

Children can enjoy a hay ride, photos with Santa, and the popular Christmas colouring book tour.

Santa will be on site for photos Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25 from 1–4 p.m. Photography by Andrea Anderson Photography.

And when you’re done with the shopping you can warm up by the bonfire, listen to the choir, or grab a hay ride and just enjoy the festive atmosphere.

The Steam Pot Café will serve soups, sandwiches and mulled cranberry drink.

McLean Mill National Historic Site is located at 5633 Smith Rd. in Port Alberni. Follow the yellow sawblade signs or consider riding the steam train there and enjoy the scenic view.

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