The Santa Claus Parade is just around the corner, but St. Nick needs a place to park his sleigh.
The Municipality announced a series of temporary road closures for Parade day on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.
A full list of closures and activities to enjoy with family and friends is available on the Municipality’s website.
Staging and parade route
First, the eastbound lane of Clearwater Drive between Main and Riedel streets will close from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The westbound lane shall remain open for two-way traffic.
The parade begins at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Clearwater Drive and Riedel St., proceeds west to Franklin Ave., heads north until it turns right at Main St., and ends back at Clearwater Drive.
During the parade, both Riedel St. and Franklin Ave. will close from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Main St. will close from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Roads should reopen again once the parade passes the intersection safely.
Volunteer opportunities for the parade are still available.
Downtown transit routes will have temporary detours between 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Parade Day, closing the Main Street terminal.
New to the Santa Claus Parade will be the use of fences.
Fencing along sections of Franklin Ave. during the parade should provide additional safety for spectators.
The Municipality said fencing should not affect businesses.
However, they ask businesses along the parade route to please shovel their sidewalks clear of snow and ice allowing residents to safely gather and enjoy the parade.
Get on Santa’s nice list by also applying for the holiday edition of the Business Beautification Program.
The parade will pass by Jubilee Plaza, where the Municipality will host several family activities.
Mayor and Councillors’ Holly Jolly Party at Jubilee Plaza is an all-ages outdoor party open to the public awaiting Santa and the parade.
The party begins at 5 p.m. on Dec.7 with cocoa and then a blessing and lighting of the Tree, and holiday greetings from Mayor Don Scott.