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Home for the Holidays (Posted On: Friday, November 18, 2011)

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Come to Downtown Collingwood on Saturday November 26th as it transforms into a wintery playground with dazzling holiday lighting installations, seasonal winter magical banners and a day filled with unique signature events – all to launch the holiday season.

Start your day at our first ever Holiday Farmers’ Market located on the main floor of the Temple building from 10 am to 5 pm. 

This is a perfect opportunity to re-connect with many of your favourite market vendors for great food and gift ideas.

Get up close and personal with Santa’s reindeer-in-training before Santa arrives for the parade.  Located in front of the town hall from 1 p.m. to 5 pm, the reindeer and their keepers will answer your questions about Santa’s special training regime for the big night.

Later in the afternoon; from 4 pm to 5 pm, Living Christmas Windows return. Fleet-wood Dance Centre presents the ‘Nutcracker” in the windows throughout the downtown.  This unique event is perfect for the whole family, and a great way to wander the downtown prior Santa’s arrival and the tree lighting.

At 5 pm – the anticipation will begin as the annual Santa Clause parade makes it way north along Hurontario Street from Fourth to First Streets.   This year’s magical theme is ‘Home for the Holidays’. The parade will feature floats and music high lighting the joys of coming home to the warmth and magic of celebrating the special time of the year with friends and family.  The Parade will finish with the jolly old elf arriving in town in his very special sleigh... follow behind him as he makes his way down the street towards to town’s Christmas tree.

Immediately following the parade; join Santa and Mayor Cooper as they officially light the town Christmas tree to mark the arrival of the festive season. There is something magical in the air as you walk back through Downtown Collingwood. You’ll be amazed by the lights above the street, the three dimensional sleigh and reindeer and so much more – there is nothing like coming ‘Home for the Holidays’.

Thanks for the generosity of Dean Fritz, President of PyroWorld Fireworks & Special Effects, Downtown Collingwood’s launch to the holiday season will finish with a wonderful display of fireworks.  You won’t want to miss this year’s Official Tree Lighting ceremony, immediately following the Santa Claus parade, as we will end the evening with fireworks!  Plan to head to the tree at the north end of Hurontario Street once you’ve seen the parade, as the best viewing areas for the tree lighting and the fireworks will be right on the street, which will remain closed.

For further information, call 705.445.5595 or visit our website.   



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