Skating and skiing, with hot cocoa afterwards: outdoor sports are fun for everyone. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

VIDEO: Miniature Christmas village makes trip to Youbou worthwhile

It’s a trip through a winter wonderland, all set up in a room at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou.

A special treat awaits anyone willing to make the short drive to Youbou this December.

The creation of Donna and Dennis Jones’s Christmas village began about 28 years ago when Donna’s parents sent her a small village for her birthday. There were two small houses and a church with people and trees.

The next Christmas Dennis gave her a replica of Charles Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shop.

From there, the collection began to grow.

Originally the idea was to stick to a late 1900s theme, but over time these pieces became more difficult to find, and some more modern pieces, such as the ski village were added.

To this day, there are no motorized vehicles or modern conveniences such as department stores and gas stations in the collection.

The Jones’s collection currently consists of about 150 buildings with a multitude of figurines and accessories.

There are residential neighbourhoods, business districts, a playground area, wilderness areas, ocean front, and winter recreation areas.

Donna says the couple also have several vintage pieces, but they have left them at home this time for safety. One of her favourite things in the display is a little train set. It sits on a table almost by itself, with a merry-go-round in the centre.

Dennis laughed as he showed off a German inn, saying that he allowed Donna to purchase one item when they were in Germany, but she could have easily bought the shop’s contents.

Over the past several years the collection has been displayed in several rooms at the Jones’ house with viewing by invitation and proceeds to the food bank. This year, the collection has moved to Cassy’s Coffee House so that it can be displayed for the public at large. Cassy Emerson has added several pieces of her own to the display this year.

Along with Cassy and her husband, Pat, who helped set up the lights, Richard and Lucy Vermiere also volunteered hours of time with set up.

Bring along a donation or some non-perishable food item for the food bank to help families in need this winter.

The final showings for the Christmas village will be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 15, 16, and 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

 

The doctor’s been called out in his carriage. His route takes him past a tea room. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Everyone is outdoors, building snowmen, or enjoying some entertainment. Can you find the romantic quartet of singers? (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Dogs. a brass band, and lots of action around the community Christmas tree. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

There’s a nifty bridge over the local river and a boat house nearby. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Sugaring off and ice-fishing are all-Canadian outdoor activities. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Dennis and Donna Jones have been collecting for their Christmas village for decades. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Just Posted

Banned song a classic, say most Cowichan Valley Citizen readers

Opinions were strong after we posted to our Facebook page the story… Continue reading

Duncan’s Silver Bridge painting project on schedule

Last week it was announced the Koksilah River Bridge work’s completion date… Continue reading

Drivesmart column: Taking cyclists seriously

This officer must have missed some important reading in their copy of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association’s $20K grant will help kids keep riding

Approximately 85-90 per cent of CTRA’s clients are children under the age of 18.

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Coming up in Cowichan: From a kitchen party to a live nativity play

Stroke Recovery branch hosting an Open House Nova Scotia Kitchen Party The… Continue reading

Union says arrows and gasoline tossed at striking Comox Valley assisted living workers

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith says arrows and gasoline were thrown at the picketers early in the week

Break-in at home of detained Chinese Huawei executive

Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver on America’s request

Natural gas rates will go up in B.C. on Jan. 1

Regions could pay up to $68 more

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

It could be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proven that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign.

Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday.

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

The union says it’s going to challenge Flair’s move at the Canada Industrial Relations Board before proceeding with any job action.

Trump looking at several candidates for new chief of staff

Trump’s top pick for the job, Nick Ayers, is out of the running and Trump is now soliciting input on at least four individuals.

Most Read