Live: Local Flair

Christmas house tour

The St. Andrew’s Christmas House Tour is a long standing tradition in Oakville to get you into the Christmas spirit. The tour will present a mix of architecturally unique homes decorated for the Christmas season by talented local designers.   This year, St. Andrew’s 20th Biennial Christmas House Tour is on December 6 & 7. A Candlelight House Tour is on Friday, Dec. 6. On Saturday, Dec. 7, St. Andrew’s Christmas House Tour runs 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Farm fun

Get into the holiday spirit with Springridge Farm’s annual Christmas activities every weekend from Nov. 23 to Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy painting a glass ornament or decorating a gingerbread cookie. Visit Santa, and select a Fraser fir tree starting in mid-November. Pick up freshly baked cookies, fruit pies and tarts. Springridge has everything you need for Christmas entertaining: dips, sauces, spreads and jams. The farm is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 23.  Springridge closes for the winter at noon on December 24.


One of a kind gifts

Looking for a unique gift? The One Of A Kind Show is one of the largest craft shows in North America, featuring unique, handmade crafts. It takes place at Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto Nov. 21 to Dec. 1. Makers and buyers who share a commitment to handmade excellence and buying local is what makes this marketplace unique. Celebrating craftsmanship, cultivating creativity and connecting the community delivers a shopping experience like no other.

Red, white and green

Did you know less than 10 per cent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled? With our current habits, Canadians will throw away approximately $11 billion worth of plastic materials each year by 2030. The federal government has pledged to make  efforts to reduce Canada’s plastic waste with the ban of harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021. Canadian grocery store, Sobeys, is clearly behind the move with plans to remove all plastic grocery bags from its 255 stores across Canada by end of January 2020.  Better stock up on
reusable bags!