De­cem­ber is a busy time of the year for Saint Nick

Santa will be mak­ing nu­mer­ous ap­pear­ances across the town­ships in the run-up to Christ­mas

The Woolwich Observer - - LIVING HERE - FAISAL ALI

WITH THE BIG DAY less than a month away, it’s a busy time of the year no mat­ter who you are; but per­haps no one has an itin­er­ary quite like Jolly Old Saint Nick him­self. We can’t ex­pect the big man to be ev­ery­where at once, even with a troupe of fly­ing rein­deer to guide the way, but those hop­ing to meet Santa Claus in per­son will have sev­eral chances to do so over the month of De­cem­ber.

In the Town­ship of Welles­ley, Santa Claus will once again be tak­ing part in the Christ­mas Tyme in Welles­ley pa­rade, which this year falls on the first Fri­day of the month, De­cem­ber 7. The fol­low­ing week, Santa will be fea­tured in the St. Clements Santa Claus pa­rade on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15.

“Ba­si­cally, we do a story time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. That starts at 4 o’clock at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Welles­ley (Vil­lage),” said Michelle Martin, chair of the Christ­mas Tyme or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee.

Fol­low­ing story time, there will be a live na­tiv­ity scene reen­act­ment at 6:30 p.m. by the vil­lage pond, and a sec­ond one later in the evening at 7:20. But be­fore that comes the main at­trac­tion of the evening: the Christ­mas Tyme Pa­rade, which cel­e­brates its 15th an­niver­sary this year.

“There’s lots of good floats. The Shriners will be there again this year,” said Martin, not­ing the Shriners are al­ways a hit with the crowds.

“The Hur­ri­canes girls’ mi­nor hockey will be col­lect­ing food bank dona­tions along the route, and we have lo­cal peo­ple that will be singing,” she adds. “There’ll be mu­sic, there’s al­ways the churches that are in­volved and do floats. We’ll have some lo­cal dig­ni­taries that al­ways come out.”

Start­ing at 6:45 p.m. at the Welles­ley Pub­lic School on Queen’s Bush Road, the route takes the pa­rade of some 30 floats through the vil­lage along Nafziger and Maple Leaf roads, be­fore end­ing at the com­mu­nity cen­tre.

“And then they do the Tree of Light and car­ol­ing again at the park, and they have hot ap­ple cider, cook­ies. They have the Welles­ley Idol per­form at that time as well and we do ac­cept dona­tions for the Meals on Wheels and Welles­ley Fam­ily Out­reach pro­grams,” says Martin.

The fol­low­ing week­end, on De­cem­ber 15, Santa Claus will be mak­ing a sec­ond ap­pear­ance in the town­ship at the St. Clements Santa Claus Pa­rade, which will be held in the down­town core from 1 to 3 p.m.

“We’ve got the best Santa float around,” said Paul Her­gott, or­ga­nizer for the St. Clements Pa­rade. “It’ll be a fun day for the kids, and it’s a good pa­rade for a small town.”

The pro­ces­sion starts at the in­dus­trial mall in St. Clements at 1 p.m., trav­els up Her­rgott Road, crosses onto Lob­singer Line, then takes Peter Street to the Lions Park in town. Af­ter the pa­rade, Santa will be hand­ing out treats to all com­ers, and there will be hot dogs and hot ap­ple cider. Along the pa­rade route, the Par­adise and District Lions will be col­lect­ing dona­tions for the food bank.

With the pa­rade still two weeks away, Her­gott adds that those in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing a float can call him at 519-749-5730.

Over in neigh­bour­ing Wool­wich Town­ship, Santa Claus will be busy as well, mak­ing ap­pear­ances in the Elmira Santa Claus Pa­rade this Satur­day, and a break­fast at the Cal­vary United Church in St. Ja­cobs on De­cem­ber 8.

“We do a lot of things for kids in the com­mu­nity, but this one is all about fun and us just giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity on this one,” ex­plained Bob Wil­bur, pres­i­dent of the St. Ja­cobs Op­ti­mist Club, which is or­ga­niz­ing the event.

“We put on a full break­fast, but also then the kids get a chance to have some fun. They get a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus,” said Wil­bur. “There is a silent auc­tion more geared to­wards the par­ents and then there is a – we call it a penny auc­tion, it’s ac­tu­ally a toonie auc­tion – and kids get tick­ets and they have lit­tle gifts for the kids there.

“So there’s lots go­ing on. We have a carol singing group there, the Chord Spin­ners. And we have a face paint­ing clown. Yes, it is a bustling day: lots of ac­tiv­ity, lots of fun for ev­ery­body.”

The event costs just $5, with the raised money go­ing to­wards the Op­ti­mists’ mis­sion of sup­port­ing youth in the com­mu­nity.

Fi­nally, sev­eral of the lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tres in the town­ship are host­ing events of their own, with Santa set to make a num­ber of ap­pear­ances, start­ing to­day, No­vem­ber 29, in Elmira at the Moon­light Mad­ness event, run­ning from 6 to 8 in the evening.

On De­cem­ber 1, the Bloom­ing­dale Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will fea­ture the magic of Five the Ma­gi­cian from 2 to 4 p.m. Later in the day, from 6 to 9, Bres­lau will be host­ing horse drawn wagon rides; how­ever, tick­ets for the ride have sold out due to the pop­u­lar de­mand.

The fol­low­ing day, De­cem­ber 2, the Hei­del­berg Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will be hav­ing Santa over from 2 to 4 p.m. for pic­tures. Fi­nally next week in Mary­hill, De­cem­ber 9, will be a Min­ions Dance Party from 1 to 3 p.m. The free events across Wool­wich are part of the Grow Wool­wich cam­paign, with sup­port from the Kitch­ener Wa­ter­loo Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion.

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