Christmas in Creemore
Creemore’s Christmas in the Valley begins with the tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 1, hosted by Creemore Village Green and Station on the Green from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This cherished annual tradition includes carol singing, games, free food, and the crazy hat contest to determine who will have the honour of lighting up the 12-foot Christmas tree set up on the stage, at 7 p.m.
The crazy hat contest invites youth to create a hat – the crazier the better. Hats from past years have been assembled using things from around the house, embellished with ribbons, ornaments and even lights.
Attendees will be invited to gather round the fire pits to warm up and make s’mores.
Station on the Green will be serving free hot dogs and hot chocolate, and is hosting an ornament-decorating activity facilitated by Imaginarium Adventure in Art. Children are also encouraged to bring their letters to Santa and make use of the North Pole post box.
The Creemore Coyotes will be making an appearance and Creemore firefighters will be accepting donations of food and toys for St. Luke’s Community Food Bank.
Saturday, Dec. 2 starts with Breakfast with Santa at the Creemore Legion from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. which includes a silent auction and pictures with Santa. The pancake and sausage breakfast costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. A family of four can eat for $25. Tickets available at Creemore Foodland and at the door. All proceeds from the event are donated to Nottawasaga and Creemore Public School.
The first of the Creemore Farmers’ Market Christmas market series is on Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Station on the Green.
Saturday is parade day in both Creemore and Stayner.
The Stayner parade will begin at about 10:30 a.m., departing from town hall and ending at the Stayner arena, where Santa will be available to meet with visitors and enjoy hot dogs and hot chocolate.
Members of the Stayner and District Kinsmen will be walking the parade and collecting monetary (cash or grocery store gift cards) donations for the Clearview- Stayner Food Bank from parade viewers.
Anyone interested in putting a float in the parade, is asked to arrive at the tourism building at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 to register. There is an entry fee of $10 per float (cash or grocery store gift card) that will go to the Clearview-Stayner Food Bank.
The Creemore parade is expected to hit Mill Street at 1:30 p.m. The parade will be marshalling at the arena and will travel east on Johnston Street, south on Mill Street to Edward, and east to Mary Street in order to pass by the nursing home. To enter a float contact sara@ creemore.com or call 705-466-9906. A fee of $20 applies to businesses. Community groups and non-profit groups can register free of charge. Parade volunteers are needed. Contact email@example.com.
Meet Santa at after the parade at Creemore Village Green.
On Nov. 25-26, Creemore BIA is hosting a holiday shopping kick-off event in the downtown area from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with carollers, horse-and-wagon rides and a sip-and-shop.