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December 2nd
Santa Claus Christmas Parade
2006 Santa Claus Parade in Lac Brome
The traditional and much-loved parade through the streets of Knowlton featuring decorated floats, firetrucks, horses, clowns and all sort of Christmas fun that is very popular with kids of all ages. The parade usually starts around 1 p.m. and winds from Victoria street to Lakeside and down to Knowlton Road. The long parade route means a great vantage point can be found anywhere in town. There is free hot chocolate outside of Le Relais in the heart of Knowlton. The Santa Claus parade is sponsored by the Knowlton Lion's Club. A tradition for the young and young-at-heart. Kids can meet Santa after the parade.

Official lighting of the Christmas Lights
The Knowlton Festival of Lights is officialy "turned-on" with the official ceremony and lighting of the town's Chritmas lights taking place. Everyone is invited for some hot-chocolate and ginger-bread cookies to be distributed at the brightly lit gazebo in Coldbrook Park. Starts at 4:30 after the Santa Claus Parade.

December 9th
Brome County Historical Society Pre-Christmas Bake Sale

Pick up some tasty treats to better enjoy the holidays! Nothing says Christmas by homemade goodies baked by some of the finest cooks of the Eastern Townships! Sale starts at 10 a.m. at 130 Lakeside.

December 12th
Brome Lake Council presents the 2007 budget

The Mayor and elected offcials invite everyone to the presentation of the towns budget for 2007. The meeting is at the Legion Hall , 383 Knowlton Road starting at 7 p.m.

Ongoing In December
Knowlton on Ice
The wonderful outdoor skating rink in the center of the village of Knowlton is available for family skating. Enjoy the magic of winter outdoors in front of the charming Mill Pond. Christmas music will be playing turning the classic Christmas majesty of Christmas in the Eastern Townships into a Victorian winter wonderland. Bring your hot-chocolate and the whole family to ColdBrook Park on Lakeside near Knowlton Road.

December 27th
Christmas Fireworks Display
(Tentative Event)
As part of the month long Festival of Lights the village is tentatively planning a fireworks display. Stay tuned for the official word on the display. If it does go ahead it will be a spectacular light show with the snowy trees and oce on the lake serving as a wintery canvas for the multi-colored lights. Bring a chair and a thermos of eggnog!

Ice on Mill Pond reflects our lovely Church.

January 26th
Preteen dance
A dance for youth from grade four to secondary-one will be held at the Brome Lake Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.. There will be a snack bar available. Safe and healthy fun for the youngsters of the Brome region.

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Literature, Fine Arts & Film
December 9th
The Life & Times of Terry Mosher
Book signing at Arts Knowlton.Author Terry Mosher presents his new book "The Life & Times of Terry Mosher"

Terry Mosher photo courtesy of www.banffcenter.caMore widely known as Aislin. Aislin is the nom de plume used by Terry Mosher. His daily politcal carttons and over 35 books have made him one of Quebec's most recognized figures. His cartoons on the editorial page of the Gazette are thought to be the nastiest in Canada. His daily satirical cartoons can be found on the Montreal Gazette Aislin Page. Terry Mosher has colaborated with many great Quebec Writers and satrists to help define a political generation. A wonderful chance to meet a cultural icon who walks among us. Other Books By Terry "Aislin" Mosher

Photo courtesy banffcenter.ca

December 15th - 23rd
Susan Pepler's painting exhibit
Author and journalist will be signing his new book "This is my Country, What's Yours" and will be speaking at Arts Knowlton. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to meet and hear the thoughts of a wonderful Canadian writer.

Every Sunday in December
Meet local artists at Knowlton Gallery
Sunday December 2, 9, 16 & 23 will be the perfect time to visit the Knowlton Gallery at 285 Knowlton Road in the central village and meet artists and artisans who will be on-hand to present their art. More information 450-242-1666

Registration for Bishops University Knowlton Campus

January 4th, 5th and 8th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Winter semester will be starting soon and now is the time to register for the classes. There are credit courses offered such as: Drawing & Painting in Guatamala Art History, Drawing (Level 1, 2 and 3 ) Photography 2, Sculpture, Italian Language 2, and Opera(!). There are also non-credit courses offered like French Conversation and a round table fiction discussion. Nore information can be had by calling 450-242-1518.

Fall Cinema Series
Sunday December 3rd at 5 p.m.
at Theater Lac Brome in association with the Toronto International Film Festival
December 3rd: What the Bleep do we Know

Regular Movie Listings
7 PM at Arts Knowlton, 9 Mont EchoTickets are $5, under three years of age free. 450-242-2270

Joyeux Noel L'absurdite de guerreDecember 17th:
Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) Nominated for Golden Globe for best Foreign Film of 2006 and for the Oscar of Best Foreign Film 2006.

December 1914. World War I is not even five months old, and already the high spirits with which it started are eroding. Generals and leaders still voice the opinion that it's going to be a short war, but the men in the trenches doubt this. Yet, following days of bloodshed and in advance of a brutal struggle of attrition that will lead to millions of deaths, there is a brief respite when all truly is quiet on the Western Front. For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1914, enemies ceased their hostilities and acted toward each other as comrades trapped in the midst of the ultimate, tragic absurdity. This story, based on true events, is what Joyeux Noel relates.

December 29th: L'avion.

December 30th: Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Knowlton Theater Theater Lac-Brome website

Local Music
December 9th & 10th
Theatre of Early Music Concerts
The Old Brick Church in West Brome. At 8 PM on Saturday and 11 AM & 3 PM on Sunday. Free admission

Recommended reading & New Books at the Knowlton Public Library
These books are available now at the Pettes Library at the corner of Knowlton Road and Lakeside Drive in central Lac Brome. Valid library card is required, visit the library for more information.

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (Fiction)
Books by Kiran Desai
This stunning second novel from Desai (Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard) is set in mid-1980s India, on the cusp of the Nepalese movement for an independent state.

Janet Fitch book cover Paint it BlackPaint it Black by Janet Fitch (Fiction)
Books by Janet Fitch
Fitch follows her bestselling debut, White Oleander, by revisiting the insidious effects of a powerful, narcissistic mother on an only child. Michael Faraday is a Harvard dropout who paints in the L.A. art world of 1981; his suicide happens a few pages in, and sets the stage for a Fitch's masterful shifts in time and perspective.

The Messenger by Daniel Silva
Books by Daniel Silva
Bestseller Silva continues to warrant comparisons to John le Carré, as shown by his latest thriller starring Israeli art restorer and spymaster Gabriel Allon. Ahmed bin Shafiq, a former chief of a clandestine Saudi intelligence unit, targets the Vatican for attack, in particular Pope Paul VII and his top aide, Monsignor Luigi Donati, who both appeared in Silva's previous novel, Prince of Fire.