Towns gear up for Christ­mas pa­rades

Northumberland Today - - FRONT PAGE - VA­LERIE MACDON­ALD

WEST NORTHUM­BER­LAND — Pa­rades and other Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions are tak­ing place this month just as the weather seems like the win­ter sea­son is fi­nally here.

The Cobourg Santa Claus pa­rade takes place 2 p.m. Nov. 19 with co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Town of Cobourg, Lions Club of Cobourg and Down­town Cobourg.

Thou­sands of peo­ple tra­di­tion­ally line up along the down­town Cobourg King Street pa­rade route.

It is the 62nd year for the event. Regis­tra­tion for the up­com­ing pa­rade can be com­pleted on line at http://www.cobourgsan­ta­pa­rade.com. Regis­tra­tion is also un­der­way for the Port Hope Santa Claus Pa­rade tak­ing place 1 p.m. on Nov. 25.

It starts at Bram­ley and Rid­out streets and “trav­els down Rid­out/ Wal­ton St. and onto Queen Street ar­riv­ing near the down­town Port Hope town hall,” ac­cord­ing to the regis­tra­tion form.

This year’s theme is “A Cana­dian Christ­mas.”

For more in­for­ma­tion call 905885-7908.

Port Hope’s Cham­ber of Com­merce pro­vides this additional in­for­ma­tion: “Both spec­ta­tors and par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to con­nect with this theme on pa­rade day. Par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to de­sign their floats and walk­ing par­ties to show­case Cana­dian tra­di­tions, colours and icons. The Port Hope Santa Claus Pa­rade Com­mit­tee also en­thu­si­as­ti­cally calls the com­mu­nity to bring their Cana­dian flags and don their flan­nel and toques along the pa­rade route. All par­tic­i­pants are asked to please reg­is­ter their pa­rade en­try. Regis­tra­tion can be com­pleted on­line at www. porthope­san­ta­claus­pa­rade.ca”

And be­fore the pa­rades, Kathryn McHolm is host­ing her an­nual show and sale, Har­vest of Christ­mas De­lights, from Nov. 17 to 19 at 4749 County Road 2, Wel­come. Among the ac­tiv­i­ties will be the “Gath­er­ing of the Greens” for Xmas dec­o­ra­tions you can make, hot cider, a va­ri­ety of arts and crafts, and the McHolm’s Face­book post­ing notes it is “kid friendly.” It starts 7 p.m. on the Fri­day with can­dles light­ing the way from the front to rear of the prop­erty. The event opens 10 a.m. on the Satur­day and Sun­day.

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