Twins Erin (long purple jacket) and Jen (long blue jacket) Bassett enjoyed the day at Saunders Farm with their families, as they took pictures in front of the present wall. Erin is pictured on the left taking a photo of Jen and husband Keith Leroux. [Photo © Aly McCabe]
Saunders Farm was decked out in wreaths, Christmas trees and holiday cheer as “A Country Christmas” ramped up for its third year in late November.
The farm in Munster, near Stittsville, was back this year with Christmas programming that featured wagon rides, holiday gifts and a special chance to visit with Santa before his big day.
The holiday attraction had a three-week run from Nov. 26 to Dec. 18. A Country Christmas was billed as fun for the whole family on the 180-year-old farm. Capital Current caught up with the fun before the snow blanketed the area.
Saunders Farm takes decorating for the holidays very seriously. In October, this wall was decked out with pumpkins for the perfect autumn Instagram shot. For the Christmas season, the log building sported holly-jolly decor. [Photo © Aly McCabe]
Bella Rossetti is better known as Holly during the weeks before Christmas. This was her first holiday season working on the Elf Squad and spreading Christmas cheer around the farm. The Elf Squad was greeting the kids and sharing a little Christmas magic, something Holly was excited to be part of. [Photos © Aly McCabe]
The Spiral Maze is an icon at Saunders Farm. The Saunders Mazes made their debut in 2002. During A Country Christmas, the Spiral Maze became the world’s largest wreath. Despite the muddy ground, Gabriel, Maya, Adelyn and Kaylee enjoyed exploring the maze. [Photo © Aly McCabe]
When he’s not busy at the North Pole, Santa apparently calls Munster home. Visitors could find him at Saunders Farm ready to meet anyone and everyone in his Cabin. Five month old Wyatt met Santa for the first time on opening weekend of A Country Christmas. While Wyatt’s parents Taylor and Matt Musgraves snapped pictures, Wyatt warmed up to the man with the rosy cheeks. Santa is a main attraction at Saunders Farm, with all the staff and visitors buzzing about his arrival. “You have to see Santa,” Karen Carter said as she worked the Saunders Cider hut. “He’s fabulous!” [Photo © Aly McCabe]
“The Spirit of Winter” gracefully navigated Saunders Farm during the Christmas celebration. Kaylie Kreatrix performed as the Spirit of Winter character on stilts, marking the sixth year that Kreatrix has joined the Saunders. “I love my job,” Kreatrix said. “The team at Saunders is amazing.” [Photos © Aly McCabe]