Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade

Posted by Michelle Cuthbert on Friday, November 30th, 2018

Since 2001 the parade has marked the beginning of the Holiday Season as an opportunity for families to watch Old Saint Nicholas rolling into Port Colborne. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., hundreds of people line the parade route at night to watch the seemingly endless number of colourful floats lit with Christmas lights.

Beginning at Port Colborne High School and travelling south on Steele Street to Clarence Street the parade will then move east on Clarence Street to West Street.  Making its way south on West Street to Charlotte Street, the parade will then travel west on Charlotte Street to end at the Market Square, in front of City Hall. Note: parking restrictions and road closures will be in effect. 

King George Park will light up the downtown core prior to the parade’s start, sponsored by Allison’s Department Store. Niagara Face Painting will be set up in King George Park to paint kids’ faces for free. A photo booth will also be set up in the park.

In partnership with Port Cares, the Port Colborne Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items along the parade route.

Canada Post will be collecting letters for Santa. It is important children address their letters to:

SANTA CLAUS

NORTH POLE, HOH OHO CANADA.

It is also important that children write their RETURN address for Santa to respond!  

Returning this year, parade entries are being judged and there is a “People’s Choice” category. Parade goers are encouraged to PORTicipate & cast their vote for their FAVOURITE float after the parade. To vote visit  http://portcolborne.ca/page/Christmas_in_Port_Colborne. Participants that vote for their favourite float will be added into a draw to win a prize too, thanks to Canadian Tire. Voting closes Monday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.  

 Entries are also judged by a panel of community members, including Councillor Angie Desmarais, Betty Konc, President of the Downtown BIA, Alex Fazarri, a representative from the Port Colborne Optimists Club, and Brandon and Andre from Giant FM/Country 89.

Categories are: Business; Community Group/School and Musical and criteria include lighted, themed, spirit and creativity.

Afterwards, children are welcome to visit with Santa and enjoy fair trade hot chocolate at the Guild Hall.

Parade attendees can expect to see 54 floats:

                       

1

Port Colborne Fire - Full time

2

Port Colborne Volunteer Fire

3

Port Colborne Float

4

Mayor & City Council Float

5

Fair Trade

6

MP Vance Badawey

7

POCOMAR

8

Friends of Port Colborne Lighthouse Association

9

Portal Village Retirement Home

10

Ecole Saint Joseph

11

Auto Know Parts

12

Notre Dame Drumline & Pom Corps

13

2nd PC Scouts

14

Port Colborne Lions Club

15

Port Colborne Lioness

16

Niagara Militaries Alumni Drum Corps

17

BRO - Bikers Rights Organization

18

W2 Dance Studio

19

Port Colborne Animal Hospital

20

Niagara Paramedics

21

Niagara Antique Power Association

22

The Lock Wood Fired Pizza

23

Canadian Niagara Power

24

Search and Rescue Niagara

25

Lakeshore Catholic High school

26

MPP Jeff Burch

27

NLCC Victory

28

Port Colborne Girl Guides

29

WAVE Girls Hockey

30

Bodners Market

31

Niagara Falls BMX

32

Port Colborne Welland and District Shrine Club

42

Quad Niagara ATV Club

33

Port High School

34

Port Colborne YMCA

35

Sherkston Shores

36

Wainfleet Minor Hockey

37

My Farmers Shed

38

Murdoch Tire and Automotive

39

Christian Life Assembly

40

PC Optimist Club

41

Performance Plus Car Care + Branched out

43

Fort Erie Minor Lacrosse Association

44

Meridian Credit Union

45

Merritville Speedway

46

Fort Erie Motor Cycle Swap Meet

47

Community Support Services of Niagara

48

Welland Transit

49

Giant FM 91.7 and Country 89

50

Dance Expressions

51

Handcrafted by Jim + Bunny

52

Hamilton Snowman float

53

Canada Post

54

Santa Claus - Hamilton Santa Claus Float

 

 Special thanks to parade sponsors:

Santa’s Sponsors: Scotiabank, Harvey’s Swiss Chalet Port Colborne, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Desjardins, Brandon’s No Frills, Sherk Timber Mart, and Newport Signs.        

Santa’s Helpers: Enbridge Gas Distribution, Sid Grabell Contracting, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Erie Muffler and Brake.

Secret Santa’s: Enbridge Gas Distribution and David Chevrolet Corvette.

Lighted Tree Sponsor: Allison’s Department Store

 
 
 

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