Tree lighting and Santa Claus parade return to a version of normal
Christmas in the Valley is just two weeks away.
Volunteers are busy putting final plans in place for the annual community Christmas celebration that will incorporate the best of pandemic event innovations and a return to tradition.
The weekend kicks off on the evening of Friday, Dec. 3 with the tree lighting at Station on the Green, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Tree Society of Creemore is again this year organizing a stroll through the area to the east of the Station. The area of Library Street and Caroline Street East will be closed to vehicles from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to allow for physical distancing as people take in the sight of the lit tree, warm themselves by the bonfire, and take part in activities.
There will be hotdogs and hot drinks for all, a photo area for group pictures, Santa’s trees to decorate over by the log cabin (children can also make a decoration to put on the tree), and homemade Christmas tree decorations for the children.
The crazy mask contests will start at 5:30 p.m. with the pre-schoolers, followed by the grade schoolers, the teenagers, the adults, and the seniors. The Creemore Coyotes hockey team is going to make an appearance and have donated game tickets to the winners and other prizes for each age group. Winners will also get to change the colour of the Christmas tree lights.
Visit The Tree Society of Creemore on Facebook for contest details.
Donations of food will be accepted for the Creemore firefighters, who will be monitoring the bonfire, and toy donations will be distributed by Simcoe County paramedics via The Creemore Echo. The Tree Society will also be accepting donations towards planting trees in Creemore. Having planted 25 trees in 2021, the group is planning for next year.
Anyone interested in helping out at the event is welcome to contact email@example.com.
The following day, is parade day.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, Creemore BIA’s classic parade will make its way onto Mill Street at 1:30 p.m., ushering Santa Claus through the streets of the village. He will be preceded by the many floats created by friends and neighbours.
“We are very excited to be able to bring back our traditional Santa Claus parade this year,” said parade organizer Natalie deRuiter. “We are looking forward to seeing all of the smiling faces (behind masks) line up along the streets of downtown Creemore while watching local businesses and bands go by in anticipation for “the man in red.” This year there are lots of great floats and displays on their way, along with the Collingwood Collegiate Institute marching band and Beinn Gorm Highlanders.”
Anyone wishing to participate in the parade or become a sponsor can find the online registration form at www.facebook.com/CreemoreOntario or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-466-9906.
For the first time, the parade will travel from the marshalling area at the arena to Mill Street via Johnston St. Organizers say the parade will not go up to County Road 9 to avoid disruption to the high-traffic roadway, and for the safety of the participants and attendees.
Santa will be stopping by the Log Cabin after the parade to consult with children about his list.
New this year, the Creemore BIA is providing a big hearted wrapping service to those shopping downtown this holiday season, supporting local businesses and charities. The Holiday Gift Wrapping Room is at Creemore Springs Brewery (in the Model A room) Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 27 to Dec. 19.
Gifts will be wrapped by volunteers representing local organizations, in exchange for a donation to their group or a charity of their choice.
The Holiday Gift Wrapping Room is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. and will be manned by volunteers from Nottawasaga and Creemore Public School, Creemore Horticultural Society, Creemore Tree Society, 1st New Lowell Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers, Caroline McIntosh Real Estate, and Creemore Fire Fighters Association and darci-que Balloons.