Santa visiting South Niagara this weekend

A special visitor is coming to South Niagara this weekend, everyone’s favourite jolly ole’ elf is scheduled to be in Welland and Fort Erie on Saturday and in St. Catharines Sunday.

“I just wanted to come out and see all the wonderful boys and girls this weekend,” Santa said from his office in the North Pole.

“It’s been a little while and I want to see how they all are,” he said. “Plus, Rudolph was getting antsy to come for a visit too. He misses everybody.”

The Welland Santa Claus Parade at begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 17/2018. It starts at Canadian Tire Financial Services, at East Main St. by Hwy 406, and proceeds down East Main St. to Welland Civic Square.

Once there, Santa will help with the tree lighting ceremony. After he will be inside City Hall to receive visitors who wish to ask Santa for that special gift they want this Christmas.

In Fort Erie, the 46th Annual Santa Claus Parade starts Saturday Nov. 17/2018 at 4 p.m. The route starts at Jarvis St., heads up Jarvis turning left on Central Ave. ending at Catharine St.

On Sunday Nov. 18, Santa will be in St. Catharines. Starting at 1 p.m.the parade route begins on McGuire St. in front of the Meridian Centre, turns left on Carlisle St., left on St. Paul St. and ends at the corner of Queen St. and St. Paul St.

There will be a post parade celebration with Santa at the Meridian Centre from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be crafts, face painting, pony rides, free skating and, of course, a chance to visit with the jolly ole’ elf.

“The St. Catharines Santa Claus Parade is a family event everyone looks forward to,” said Brianne Wilson, the City of St. Catharines’ acting community and events supervisor in a press release. “It’s a holiday tradition that helps families get into the holiday spirit and gives them a chance to start their countdown to Christmas.

The entire parade route is within walking distance of the Meridian Centre. Access to the festivities is through the Rankin Gateway pedestrian bridge.

All parades feature a variety of entertaining entries. Canada Post will be picking up letters to Santa from the children along the parade routes.

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