Christmas is coming to Port Colborne this weekend

Santa Claus and friends make their way to the Guild Hall in this file photo.

The Christmas season comes to Port Colborne this weekend, with several events including Santa’s arrival, the Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade, Christmas at the Port Colborne Library, and the 42nd Annual Grand Old Christmas Festival at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum.

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Port Colborne with lots of ways for residents and visitors to PORTicipate and get in the holiday spirit”, said Michelle Cuthbert, corporate communications officer. “This weekend really is our kick off for the Christmas season and staff have been working hard to prepare for all the activities planned, including Santa’s big arrival”.

The Port Colborne Library has undergone renovations over the past few months. Residents are invited to visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for some hot apple cider and some Christmas cheer.

Santa Visit

Santa Claus arrives by tugboat Saturday afternoon.

He’s checked his list, he’s checked it twice. He knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.

And that’s why Santa Claus is coming to Port Colborne this weekend, to visit all the boys and girls who have been nice this year and spread Christmas cheer throughout the city.

Santa’s traditional arrival on the tugboat into Downtown Port Colborne is scheduled for approximately 1 p.m. Saturday Dec. 1/2018.

After being greeted by his fans, they will proceed down Charlotte St. to the Guild Hall. There, he will visit with everyone and make sure that his wish list is complete.

There will also be free crafts, hot chocolate and cookies.

The annual Port Colborne Lighted Santa Claus Parade.

At 6:30 p.m. Port Colborne’s Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade gets underway.

Colourfully lit Christmas floats from around the community will entertain the crowds before Santa comes through in his sleigh. After the parade, the children are invited to visit Santa at the Guild Hall.

The parade starts at Port Colborne High School, east on Clarence St., south on West St. to Charlotte St. It ends in front of City Hall.

King George Park will be lit up with seasonal lighting prior to the parade’s start, there will be face painting and a photo booth too.

“In partnership with Port Cares, the Port Colborne Fire Department will be collecting unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items along the parade route,” a City of Port Colborne press release said.

“Returning this year, parade floats will be judged and your voice matters. PORTicipate & cast your vote for the best float,” the release said. “The link to voting will be made available on the City’s website and social media sites. Voting will close on Monday, December 3 at 9 a.m.”

Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum’s Annual Grand Old Christmas Festival.

42nd Annual Grand Old Christmas Festival

On Sunday Dec. 2/2018 the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Musuem is holding its 42nd Annual Grand Old Christmas Festival from noon to 4 p.m.

“Visitors are encouraged to step back in time and enjoy holidays of old,” the City of Port Colborne press release said.

The museum will be featuring a special exhibit, “Under the Tree: Christmas through the Years,” featuring tree styles of earlier eras as well as vintage hot toys and games of Christmas Past.

The grounds will also be open, interactive displays in wreath making, ornament making, candle making, a craft sale, caroling and even chestnuts roasting. The blacksmith’s shop will be open as well.

Volunteer coordinator Mieke van Es measuring the secret ingredients that go to make up the famous Arabella’s Pudding and Sauce. Port Colborne Museum photo

Visitors are encouraged to visit Arabella’s Tea Room while at the event.

“Arabella’s Tea Room gives visitors a break from the Christmas hustle and bustle with their famous Christmas Pudding & Sauce,” the release said.  “Volunteers dressed in Edwardian style serve Christmas pudding and caramel sauce along with tea and coffee in fine china.”

The pudding is also on sale at the museum Sunday, but, you have to get there early to get yours.

“Arabella’s Tea Room uses the Christmas Pudding and Sauce sales as one of the most popular fundraisers,” said museum curator Stephanie Powell Baswick. “Annually the Museum Auxiliary contribute thousands of dollars towards the operations of the Museum with donations from Arabella’s Tea Room from such initiatives.”

“But more than that, Christmas Pudding Week (Dec. 3 – 8/2018) is a time to slow down, share conversation and fellowship with a friend, or indulge in a treat by oneself after a busy day of errands. It is a time to delight in the love put into every batch. If you haven’t tried it yet, I urge you to do so!”