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Grande Prairie residents have lots of opportunity to get in the holiday spirit with Santa, parades and more happening around the city starting on Saturday, December 1.
On Saturday, December 1, Santa Claus is making a visit to the Eastlink Centre and children can deliver their letters to him in-person from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. in the food court area. Free photos are available, and Eastlink TV will be filming the event for a special segment on their channel.
The annual Santa Claus Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting hosted by the DownTown Association takes place on Sunday, December 2. Christmas floats begin parading downtown at 3:30 p.m. on 100 Avenue and 102 Street. The parade travels east to 100 Street and then South to 99 Avenue. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the festive season and see Santa Claus before he heads back to the North Pole.
After the parade, Mayor Bill Given is doing the Christmas tree lighting, with a new tree topper donated by LSM, at Revolution Place at 4:30 p.m. Take in the festivities with free hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies, carolers and a chance to meet the Grande Prairie Storm as you warm up inside Revolution Place.
The following weekend, on Saturday, December 8, the Grande Prairie Museum and Muskoseepi Park are hosting Community Christmas from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Enjoy photos with Santa, snow-colouring, horse and wagon rides, holiday crafts, hot chocolate and live performances. A gingerbread house silent auction also takes place at the Grande Prairie Museum as part of this event. All proceeds from the auction are donated to the charity of the winner’s choice.
Admission to Community Christmas is $5 per family. Family Passes are available for purchase in advance at the Grande Prairie Museum starting Monday, November 26. WINMAR will also be on-site at the event, handing out free teddy bears to the first 500 children in attendance.
If the temperatures drop below -25 Celsius on the day of the event, outside activities will be cancelled or moved inside. Follow the Muskoseepi Park page on Facebook for live updates.
For more information on any of the events, visit cityofgp.com/Christmas.
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