Santa Claus trades sleigh for pilot boat

Two month old Dane Mann sits with Santa Claus, who arrived by pilot boat on West St. in Port Colborne Saturday. He later stopped at the Guild Hall to have his photo taken with children who came to tell him their Christmas wishes.

Two month old Dane Mann sits with Santa Claus, who arrived by pilot boat on West St. in Port Colborne Saturday. He later stopped at the Guild Hall to have his photo taken with children who came to tell him their Christmas wishes.

As Music and Performance Niagara musicians were singing Christmas songs at the Harbourmaster’s building, Santa Claus was spotted coming down the Welland Canal.
Jolly St. Nick was on board the pilot boat, the J.W. Cooper, waving to the hundreds gathered along the canal wall on West St.
As soon as he stepped on shore, Santa was swamped by children.
“We’ve been doing this for more than 15 years,” said Rosemari Poisson of the Downtown Business Improvement Area, which puts on the event.
Poisson, who takes care of marketing and events, said once Santa arrived by boat, he walked down West and Charlotte Sts. to the Guild Hall.
Inside the Guild Hall, photographer Precious LaPlante took photos of children with Santa as they told him their Christmas wishes.
“We have a huge crowd this year … we had good weather,” said Poisson from inside the church hall as people were lined up outside the door at one point.
She said the event has also grown over the years, with crafts for children to do inside the hall.
“We have 10,000 Villages here with their fair trade hot chocolate, and goodie bags donated by downtown businesses.”
Once he was done at the Guild Hall, Santa stuck around for the annual Christmas Parade through Port Colborne’s downtown core.
He’ll back in the city Sunday for the annual Grand Old Christmas Festival at Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum: eriemedia.ca/get-ready-for-a-grand-good-time/

 


 

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