Finally, it’s that most wonderful time of the year! There are so many ways to get into the Christmas spirit, including heading out to your local Christmas parade. Beginning this weekend, you can enjoy a local parade over the next few weeks. It’s a great way to start off the season and is a perfect, free, activity that the whole family will love. Here are the parades and events that our local communities are offering this holiday season:
Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade: This year, the Carleton Places Santa Claus Parade will take place on November 23rd. Starting at 5p.m., floats decorated by local businesses and organizations will make their way down Bridge Street, following the theme of “An Old Fashioned Christmas”!
Pakenham Christmas Parade: If you’re looking for a parade that takes place during the day instead of in the evening, Pakenham has you covered! Pakenham’s “Canadian Christmas Past and Present” themed parade takes place starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th and starts at the Stewart Community Centre. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to visit with kids in the upper hall of the Community Centre. There will also be free public skating, as well as free hot chocolate and hotdogs.
Almonte Christmas Parade: On December 8th at 5 p.m., floats will make their way from the Curling Club down Mill Street and loop back around on Bridge Street back to the arena. This year, the theme is “Parade of Christmas Trees”. Similar to the parade in Pakenham, after the parade, Santa & Mrs. Claus will be around to visit in the upper hall of the arena. Free hot dogs and hot chocolate will also be available to help you warm up!
Light Up the Night: An Almonte favourite, “Light Up the Night” is a local Christmas season tradition. Mill Street is closed to traffic and a stage is set up where local performers serenade the crowd while everyone awaits Santa’s arrival. This year’s line-up includes a surprise co-host and a performance by the popular Rock The Art’s Puppets! Mark your calendars for Friday December 6th at 7 p.m. and head downtown Almonte to join your friends and neighbours as they ring in the Christmas season with this wonderful event.
The holiday season brings together communities as everyone celebrates together, supporting local businesses and providing help to friends and neighbours in need. All of these wonderful free events can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone! Most parades will be collecting donations for the Foodbank so bring a few canned items or some spare change, and maybe encourage the kids to “give” this year, instead of just focusing on collecting candy from the floats!
Which Christmas events do you normally take part in? I’d love to hear how you start off the holiday season. Share with me on Facebook and Instagram!