Posted on: November 18, 2020 | Return to News
This year has been challenging in so many ways for residents, and our province, and the Town recognizes how important the holiday season is to many. The Town wants to ensure the spirit of goodwill towards each other, and the magic of the season are not lost, while we navigate a new normal, and adjust our lifestyles to stay safe during this pandemic.
This year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place virtually on December 6, and will be shared with residents through the Town’s YouTube Channel.
As a traditional parade was not recommended by the provincial health authority, the Town looked at the potential of a Reverse Parade option, and asked for feedback from residents on this style of event. After a review of the feedback, as well as identified potential safety concerns, the Town decided to forego this option and look for other alternatives.
In the spirit of the season, the Town has decided to light up a portion of the T’Railway, and the Gallagher Walk at Manuels River. This area will be decorated with lights and different features that will be lit from 6:30 – 10:30 pm daily until after the new year. Further details on this light display will be available in the near future through the Town’s website and social media.
Also, many of our residents and businesses take pride in creating beautiful light displays during the holidays. The Town will be running a contest for the Best Decorated House and Best Decorated Business, where residents can submit a picture of their home or business for the judge’s consideration. There will then be a map created of all the nominated properties to share with residents, so they can drive by lit properties in the Town, and enjoy their neighbors’ efforts. The Town encourages everyone to share their decorated properties with us, so they can be shared with all residents.
To help ring in the New Year, the Town will hold family skates throughout the day with limited capacities to ensure safe social distancing. Residents can register online for a skating session. There will not be a firework display following this year’s skate. Further details will be provided in the coming weeks.
While this season may look a little different, the Town believes in the importance of tradition and celebration during this time of year, and hope these activities provide families and loved ones an opportunity to celebrate safely together.