Santa Claus is coming to town in person for the first time since 2019.
The Rotary Club of North Muskoka has not been able to run the Huntsville Santa Claus Parade since the start of COVID-19. Cheryl Kinghan, Rotary’s co-chair of the event, says they’re thrilled to bring it back.
“It’s so exciting. A lot of people from the community are so excited,” says Kinghan. “Interest for floats and sponsorships is way up this year. So as a community, I think it’s going to be a spectacular event.”
Kinghan says this year’s theme for the parade is “Imagine.” She encourages people to use their imagination when it comes to float themes and costumes, adding that it will look different for everyone.
“I imagine the community coming together and working together,” says Kingham. “I really believe this year it’s all about community, and being together with family and friends, celebrating the fact that Santa is back and things are back to normal somewhat.”
With Kris Kringle rolling down Main St., Santa’s Light Up the Night will likely be on hold this year. The decorating contest ran as a parade replacement during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Kinghan says that given how popular the event was, Rotary might run it alongside the parade next year.
The parade starts from Main St. and Lorne St. at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 25, ending at the Huntsville Place Mall on King William St.. Rolling road closures will be in place along the parade route.
Registration for floats or participants is $50 by November 18, or $75 afterwards. Non-profits and service clubs have that discounted to $20.
You can pick up a registration package in person from the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce at 77 Main St., or online at rotaryclubofnorthmuskoka.com. Forms and payment can be dropped off at the chamber, emailed to [email protected], or mailed to Box 5143, Huntsville, Ont., P1H 2K5.
“Santa’s going to be very busy,” says Kinghan. “I’m sure he’s very excited, and so is Mrs. Claus, to come out and see everybody again.”