COVID-19 concerns cancel Santa Claus parade in Barrie

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Oct. 2, 2020

There’s bound to be a lot of pouting because Santa Claus isn’t coming to town this year.

COVID-19 restrictions have forced the Barrie Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Barrie to cancel the popular annual parade, which was slated for Nov. 21.

The organizations have also cancelled the annual Tree Lighting Celebration.

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce hopes to maintain the history of the parade, which has been a focal point of the holiday season since the Second World War.

“Our team has been working on an online format that will keep Santa in your hearts and minds this Christmas season,” said Paul Markle, the chamber’s interim executive director.

There will still be lots to do this Christmas season in downtown Barrie.

Visitors will be able to explore the new Dunlop streetscape while checking out all that’s planned for Noella in the City, including the Rotary Festival of Trees in Meridian Place and Heritage Park, festive window displays in downtown businesses, the Noella Tree & Wreath Lot, in support of Hospice Simcoe, and the well-known Holly Days.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance