by Rohan Khanna
The Lance – Contributor
Christmas is on the horizon and what better way to gear up for the holidays than by blending art with the cheers of St. Nick and spreading joy and warmth for the children.
“It’s a great event for the kids. Theres lots to do and in a city saturated with a lot of events for adults, its nice that this is so family oriented,” said Amber Hunter who had come with her son Zain. “It’s a cool idea of bringing people to the gallery under different circumstances and also allowing them to be creative as well as having a little bit of a more conventional Santa and cookies and treats and marrying it all together.”
The Art Gallery of Windsor saw the colorful presence of Santa, Buddy the Elf, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen,” all coming together Dec. 5 to entertain parents and their children while also involving them in activities like making cards and ornaments, writing letters and drawing.
“This is a great event for the families and kids,” said David McNamara one of the parents attending the occasion. “We have our 12 year old daughter and it’s a lot of fun for the kids. Sometimes people forget about culture, so it is important that we have events like these. It’s a good time for the kids as they get to meet Santa.”
A festive ambience was in the air complete with Christmas songs, children clicking photos with Santa, candies and buffets. The energetic response was surely evident.
“It was kind of important to celebrate the holiday season,” said JoAnne Fletcher, the Manager of Development at the art gallery. “It was another opportunity for families to have something fun to do in Downtown and certainly its more about kind of engaging the community at the art.”