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Festival Noël celebrates the festive season in Rayside-Balfour

This will include a celebration of how French-Canadians, Métis and Acadians celebrated their respective Christmas seasons

Sudbury's annual Festival Noël is about to kick off with a host of events and activities which will take place throughout Greater Sudbury, but primarily in the Rayside-Balfour area.

The website for the festival speaks to the importance of promoting Sudbury's diverse cultures and heritage.

One of the key events is the Café festival Noël. The website said this is designed to be the ultimate experience for visitors who want to experience the arts and culture of how French Canadians, Métis, and Acadians celebrated their respective Christmas seasons.

The festival also has a strong education and awareness focus. Part of this will happen by educating the public and increasing their understanding and appreciation of the arts, culture, and heritage by providing performances of an artistic nature in public places, senior citizens homes, churches, community centres and educational institutions and by providing seminars on topics relating to such performances, said a Festival Noël brochure. 

Other events will include a home decorating contest (city wide), memoires d’hiver Whitewater, winter wonderland, Le Réunion Supper and Concert, celebrating the First Day of the Year, Rolly Dutrisac Indigenous/Pioneer Games, Enviro (Mother Nature) Art Challenge and Le Réunion CSCNO.

Organizers are also looking for bilingual volunteers. If you can help out, you can contact Gary J. Michalak, executive director of Café Heritage 705-983-4297 or