Christmas in Creemore
Old fashioned shopping event
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and there are a number of upcoming activities to help bring on the festive spirit.
The business community is kicking off the Christmas season with a shopping event on Sunday, Nov. 24.
The Creemore BIA is encouraging shoppers to utilize a passport for a chance to win. Every visitor who gets to 10 stores is entered into a draw to win a gift basket full of items supplied by participating businesses. There will be giveaways, free activities, and elves handing out candy canes.
Organizer darci-que said Creemore shops are encouraged to do something special for the event. On offer will be hot chocolate, cider, doughnuts, roasted chestnuts, goodie bags, eggnog tasting, wreath making, cookie decorating, live music and wagon rider from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year’s tree lighting will be at Station on the Green beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.
Hosted by the Tree Society of Creemore and Creemore and Area Residents Association (CARA), there will be a carol sing, hot dogs and hot chocolate. The hat contest is always entertaining with participants trying to come up with the zaniest design. This year’s event has a Creemore Express theme, inspired by the Polar Express movie.
Santa Claus Parade
There are significant changes to this year’s Santa Claus Parade, on Dec. 7.
Because the County of Simcoe works building on County Road 9 remains under construction the yard is not available as a staging area so the parade will instead marshal at the back side of the Creemore Arena between noon and 1 p.m.
Natalie de Ruiter is organizing the parade this year. She said the Legion has generously agreed to open its doors to provide a place to warm up and use the washrooms. They will be serving coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. (And after the parade, the bar will be open.)
The parade is a community favourite with many local organizations and businesses participating. New this year, the Stayner Collegiate Institute band will be participating, along with the NCPS band, and the Beinn Gorm Highlanders.
Because of the changes, the route has been altered slightly. The parade will leave the arena, head north on Collingwood Street, turn east on County Road 9 with the hope of hitting the top of Mill Street at 1:30 p.m. The parade turns east on Edward Street East and back up Mary Street, finishing at County Road 9.
There is an entry fee of $20 for businesses to participate. Charities, non-profits and community groups can enter for free.
Register online at experiencecreemore.com or contact de Ruiter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-466-9906. Sponsorships and donations are welcome.
People are invited to bring non-perishable food items for the Clearview firefighters’ food drive at Creemore Foodland on the day of the parade, from 8 a.m. to noon, and the evening prior from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Trina Berlo photo: Santa Claus Parade organizer Natalie de Ruiter (left) and Christmas shopping event organizer darci-que.