KINGSVILLE – Saturday, November 17, 6 p.m.
Kingsville kicks off the holiday season locally with the first parade in the area on Saturday, November 17. Enjoy the 14th Annual Kingsville Santa Claus Parade, starting at 6 p.m., sponsored by The Town of Kingsville, Ernie's TV and Appliance and Harold Remark/Royal LePage Binder Real Estate.
The theme for this year's parade is Heritage Christmas, and new this year will be awards for: Best Community Entry, Best Corporate Entry; Best Musical Entry; and a special award, The Mary MacDonald-Bosse Memorial Award for most creative entry.
Dinner with Santa is hosted by Eat Drink and Dine Kingsville on Nov. 17. The dinner runs from 3:30 p.m. until 5:50.p.m. Visits with Santa run from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Dinner is pasta, salad, and a bun. You can also colour, do a craft and visit with Santa during the dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation office at 519-733-2123. Ticket sales at the door are limited.
The opening ceremony for the Fantasy of Lights will begin right after the Santa Claus Parade at Lakeside Park, 315 Queen Street. The lights will be turned on for the season (until Jan. 7). There will also be fireworks, hot chocolate and a Scouts BBQ. The event is free. The rain date for the fireworks is November 18.
LEAMINGTON – Saturday, November 24, 6 p.m.
Leamington’s Christmas Parade is slated for Saturday, November 24 at 6 p.m. Presented by the Leamington Chamber of Commerce, Leamington Uptown BIA and the Municipality of Leamington, the parade is expected to have over 50 floats and a special appearance from Santa himself. The parade travels down Erie Street, heading north through downtown to the fairgrounds. Fireworks will follow the parade. For more information call Leamington Chamber office at 519-326-2721.
This year the Municipality of Leamington and the Leamington Arts Centre, in partnership with The Bank Theatre, Uptown BIA and Leamington District Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a Christmas Night Market together to go hand in hand with the well-attended parade. The Leamington Agriculture Society will be providing hot chocolate and hot dogs after the parade so there isn’t a rush out at the end of the parade.
WHEATLEY – Sunday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.
Wheatley’s Santa Christmas Parade will begin on Moore Street and travel down Erie Street, northward to the Wheatley Arena starting at 12:30 p.m. Santa will be at the Wheatley Legion Branch 324, upstairs, after the parade. There will be ham and turkey draws and a bake sale downstairs. To enter a float or more information, contact June Rutt at 519-825-4560.