Leamington Santa Claus Parade To Look Different This Year

Friday October 16th, 2020

Posted at 11:38am

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This year’s Santa Claus Parade in Leamington will look slightly different as the floats stay still and you drive around them.

“The Leamington District Chamber of Commerce again looks forward to bringing the annual Santa Claus Parade to the community, but in a different way this year. Every year, the community comes out in full force the night of the parade, and from the comments coming in, this tradition will continue, of course, with a few Covid tweaks. We are so grateful for the partnership with Parks Canada and Point Pelee National Park,” said Chad Robinson, LDCC Christmas Parade Chair.

The drive-thru event will be held in Point Pelee National Park on November 28th from 6pm to 8pm. Spectators can view the floats, mascots, clowns, elves, Mrs. Claus and Santa himself from their vehicle. The floats will be stationary, and the spectators will drive by enjoying the lit-up entries as well as the beauty of Canada’s most southern National Park. “Point Pelee is delighted to be able to showcase their park all while helping the community celebrate the Santa Claus Parade,” said Robinson.

There is no cost to enter the park, but the Chamber encourages attendees to donate for the food bank and/or a toy for Toys for Tots, which will be collected along the parade route. Children can bring their Santa letter to put in the mailbox and letters with return addresses will get a reply.

Families, clubs, organizations, and businesses can enter a float ahead of time. People are allowed on the float if they are following COVID Protocols by physical distancing and wearing a mask.

“Our plans, like so many of yours, have changed, and we welcome your participation. We are thrilled to bring this drive-thru experience and chance to see the magic of Santa in this new format. It’s all about the kids!” says Leamington District Chamber General Manager Wendy Parsons.

Parsons explained that the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce will continue with the parade unless directed otherwise by our Health Officials.

“We will brainstorm through challenges and seek creative ways to ensure the event will be safe and enjoyable. We could be told we have to cancel at a moment’s notice, so we must plan around those perimeters. We know our entrants have to rethink what they are doing this year, and we also know those who attend will appreciate the reimagined entries. We are so excited to see how this will come to fruition.”

For more information or to register your float, call Wendy at 519-326-2721 or email [email protected]

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