Santa to visit Welland, St. Catharines & Fort Erie this weekend

Santa Claus will be in the area this weekend visiting Welland, Fort Erie and St. Catharines.

This weekend Welland, Fort Erie and St. Catharines will be visited by our favourite jolly old elf. Santa Claus will be coming to town checking up on all the children, making sure that he’s included all the good ones on “the  list.”

His day starts Saturday Nov. 18/2017 in Welland at Seaway Mall kicking off their holiday season. Thomas the Train & Friends are visiting the mall for the first time and will help celebrate Santa’s arrival at 11 a.m. in Cinema Court.

“Santa works so hard all season long we wanted to organize a nice event for his arrival,” Mike Belcastro president of Seaway Mall said in a press release. “Thomas the Train and Friends are delighted to be at the Seaway Mall for the first time.”

The show starts at 11 a.m., a large crowd is expected, Santa is scheduled to arrive at 11:30 a.m. where he will lead the crowd to his Christmas Village where he will be available for photos with children all season.
Later Saturday afternoon, Santa will be the main attraction at the annual Welland Santa Claus hosted by Welland Recreational and Culture and the Welland Downtown BIA.

The parade leaves from Wellington St. at 4 p.m. and proceeds down East Main St. to Civic Square. Once there, Santa will light up Welland’s Christmas Tree. Then families are invited inside for hot chocolate and a chance to visit with the jolly old elf.

“The Santa Claus parade is a Welland tradition that promotes families and friends coming together to celebrate the holiday season in downtown Welland,” said Sarah Ane, community development and volunteer coordinator Recreation and Culture Division, City of Welland. “It’s an opportunity for residents to connect and promotes civic engagement in their community.”

“New this year; help us fill a Welland transit bus with non-perishable food items for our local food banks. Volunteers will be collecting along the route,” she said.

“The Santa Claus Parade is something that the Welland Downtown BIA is passionate about. It is the beautiful bow on the end of our events in Downtown,” said Stephanie Hicks, executive director Welland Downtown BIA. “We love leading the parade and seeing all the cheerful faces lining the streets of Downtown Welland.”

“The Businesses here always support the parade and you often see the owner smiling and waving to the parade passersby’s,” she said.

“This year Canada’s 150th committee in Welland is also participating in the parade and they have arranged to have Maple Snow Taffy for everyone after the parade at the Civic Square, where there will be the tree lighting, Santa, hot chocolate, special treats from Talent 2 Designs and a viewing of Merry Madagascar.”

“Our relationship with the City of Welland is amazing, every year we sit down with the recreation and culture division to see what we can do to enhance the parade from the previous year. We are just so blessed to be a part of this event Downtown,” Hicks said. “Look for us this year near the beginning of the parade, we have awesome candy.”

Event details can be seen on Facebook:

Santa will also be in Fort Erie Saturday. The 45th Greater Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade will be stepping off at 4 p.m.

“It starts at Jarvis Street and the Niagara Parkway. It travels up Jarvis Street to Central Avenue, turning left onto Central Avenue. It then continues straight down Central and ends at Catherine Street,” said the organizers Facebook page. “Jarvis Street will have pre-parade entertainment with an “Elf Party” at 209 Jarvis Street, Regional Limousine, as well as, Fluffy the Clown, music, entertainers and TimHorton‘s hot chocolate mainly located at Jarvis Street.”

“I always love visiting Fort Erie for this parade,” Santa said. “It gives me a great chance to see all the wonderful children here.”

For more information see the event page on Facebook:

After his busy Saturday in Welland and Fort Erie, Santa appears in St. Catharines on Sunday Nov. 19/2017, the parade starts at 1 p.m.

“A new route, new time and new activities highlight this year’s Santa Claus parade, set to march through downtown streets starting at 1 p.m. The parade begins on McGuire Street in front of the Meridian Centre, turns left on Carlisle Street, left on St. Paul Street and ends at the corner of Queen Street and St. Paul Street,” said a City of St. Catharines press release. “The parade still marches through Downtown St. Catharines but the route was changed to start and end near the Meridian Centre so parade-goers can enjoy activities at the arena after the parade.”

“Our parade is a holiday tradition everyone looks forward to and this year will not disappoint,” said Jan Bechard, parade organizer. “There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than seeing Santa Claus come to town.”
After the parade, festivities continue with free public skating in the Meridian Centre from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., as well as crafts, face painting and pony rides.

Families will also be able to meet with Santa at the Meridian Centre after the parade.

“Volunteers will collect non-perishable food, hats and mittens along the parade route for Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold. Canada Post will also be collecting letters for Santa along the parade route,” the release said.

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