Santa’s Christmas Dinner changes venue to Yavis' | DrumhellerMail
Last updateMon, 15 Apr 2024 1am

Santa’s Christmas Dinner changes venue to Yavis'


    A Christmas tradition of reaching out to neighbours to enjoy the season continues this year at a new venue.

    The annual Santa’s Christmas Dinner, for almost 30 years, has been a chance for the community to celebrate together with a big turkey dinner with all the fixings, entertainment and great conversation.
    The dinner started in about 1983 simply because there were no restaurants open on Christmas Day. This gave a place for those who, for whatever reason, were alone at Christmas a place to enjoy dinner in the company of others.  It may be for those who live far away from family, empty nesters, those widowed, or those who just don’t want the fuss of making a big meal.
    “The key to the event is everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Christmas,” said Bob Sheddy, one of the organizers.
    Since then it has grown and for some individuals and even entire families, they never miss a chance to come out for the dinner on Christmas Day afternoon. The dinner is from about noon to 3 p.m. and organizers have thought of everything, including a shuttle service to bring those without transportation to the dinner. They will even drop off take-out packages if the weather is poor.
    Those wanting to get on a list for pick up can call Sheddy at 403-823-2222 before the event, or 403-823-8317 on the day of the event.
    This year the venue has changed, and Yavis Family Restaurant will be hosting the event. Organizers are appreciative of Mike Yavis for allowing the tradition to continue at the restaurant and to Canalta, which last year allowed the dinner to be hosted at O’Shea’s.
    The event runs on volunteers, and many have already stepped forward. The event could always use another hand to make the load lighter. For more information contact Sheddy at 403-823-2222, or check out, or the Santa's Christmas Dinner page on Facebook.

The Drumheller Mail encourages commenting on our stories but due to our harassment policy we must remove any comments that are offensive, or don’t meet the guidelines of our commenting policy.