With Halloween, Daylight Savings time-change day and, now, Remembrance Day, all in the 2017 rearview mirror, the focus shifts squarely on Christmas.
In Antigonish, the season kicks-off officially with the annual Santa Claus Parade and tree lighting ceremony which will all take place during one evening – Saturday, Nov. 25.
The parade kicks off the festivities, at 6 p.m., from its route starting point on Fairview Street, emerging from the Antigonish Arena/exhibition grounds parking lot. The route continues to include West Street, Main Street and Church Street, and concludes at Antigonish Market Square.
Following the parade, people are encouraged to head down to Columbus Field to take in the games and entertainment, as well as free hot chocolate and cookies, while they await the tree lighting which will take place at 8 p.m.
“It’s going to be a night time parade which is a little different from the last couple of years,” Mike MacEachern, an organizer of this year’s activities, said.
“Sean Fraser [Central Nova MP] will be the emcee at the tree lighting and Sparrow will be the band which is playing that night.”
MacEachern said the move to have the parade and tree lighting happen as one big event, which hasn’t always been the case, was done because it can be easier for families to attend one event instead of two, spread over different days.
MacEachern added there is still an opportunity for folks wishing to participate in the parade to get involved and they can do so by contacting him at [email protected] and/or by going to the Town of Antigonish website and filling out the online registration form.
“It’s still wide open,” he said of parade participation opportunities.
The events are presented by the Town of Antigonish.