Fes­tive sea­son re­turns to Friendly City

Santa Claus pa­rade, light­ing of lights in Mu­seum Square marks the be­gin­ning of the Yule­tide sea­son in Wood­stock

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - HEATHER RIVERS HRivers@post­media.com

It’s the most won­der­ful time of the year.

The Christ­mas spirit re­turns to the Friendly City this week­end with the bright lights, sights and sounds of the an­nual night­time Santa Claus Pa­rade.

The event, be­gin­ning Satur­day, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., and head­ing west down Dundas Street, will mark the of­fi­cial start of the Christ­mas sea­son in Down­town Wood­stock.

“This week­end is al­ways such a fun and fes­tive time here in down­town Wood­stock,” said Kelly Mor­ri­son, man­ager of the Down­town Wood­stock BIA.

“It’s the kick­off week­end to the hol­i­day sea­son. The Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions are all up, the mer­chants have their busi­nesses all dec­o­rated, and it’s the pop­u­lar Ding Dong The Tax is Gone.”

This year’s pa­rade in­cludes 75 en­tries with nine bands, fea­tur­ing The North Star Youth Band and Im­pact Per­cus­sion for the very first time.

“The pa­rade com­mit­tee has been meet­ing year-round pre­par­ing

Kelly Mor­ri­son, man­ager of the Down­town Wood­stock BIA

and plan­ning for this pa­rade, and we can’t wait to show it off to the com­mu­nity,” Mor­ri­son said.

Pro­duced at a cost of $22,000, do­na­tions for the pa­rade will be col­lected by bucket brigade vol­un­teers from the Ox­ford Ro­tary Club.

“While the pa­rade is for­tu­nate to have some solid spon­sors, the dol­lars col­lected dur­ing the pa­rade are crit­i­cal to its on­go­ing suc­cess,” said pa­rade chair Terry Chisholm.

Dur­ing the pa­rade, Canada Post will be col­lect­ing chil­dren’s let­ter to Santa for de­liv­ery to the North Pole.

Pa­rade-go­ers will also have the op­por­tu­nity to do­nate non-per­ish­able food items and un­wrapped toys to the Sal­va­tion Army.

On Fri­day the an­nual light­ing event at Mu­seum Square, fea­tur­ing live en­ter­tain­ment, be­gins at 6:30 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.wood­stock­san­ta­pa­rade.ca or www.down­town­wood­stock. ca.

This week­end is al­ways such a fun and fes­tive time here in down­town Wood­stock.”

MEGAN STACEY/SENTINEL-RE­VIEW FILE PHOTO

Santa and his rein­deer roll down Dundas Street dur­ing the 2016 Wood­stock Santa Claus Pa­rade.

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