Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Fort McMurray, AB, November 18, 2011 - Events Wood Buffalo is combining the Santa Claus Parade and the Lights of Christmas to provide the community with a superior holiday experience. On Saturday November 26 all residents of Wood Buffalo are invited to celebrate the region’s most positive and prestigious holiday events.

The Lights of Christmas is an annual event previously hosted by Keyano College. The event starts at 5:30pm and will feature carolers, free coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. Families are encouraged to bring their own camera for photo opportunities with Santa. Patrons can enjoy a choreographed light show in the trees of the park just before the parade starts at 6:30pm. A giant light switch will be flipped and thousands of lights will illuminate the trees in Doug McCrae Park on corner of King Street and Franklin Avenue.

“It promises to be an exciting kick off to the festive season, full of fun and merriment or all the family,” says new Executive Director David Whitelock. The parade will run northbound on Franklin Avenue from Prairie Loop Road to Riedel. “I’m really looking forward to seeing happy smiley faces and the lights and floats in all their splendour.”

The annual festive themed evening parade, boasts an impressive collection of floats that will light up the night in Fort McMurray. Residents are welcome to venture downtown and pick a spot along the parade route to help Santa Claus and all his merry elves launch Wood Buffalo's holiday season. Events Wood Buffalo encourages spectators to stay a reasonable distance from the proceedings for their own safety and the success of the parade.

To accommodate access to the event, regular public transit will be free from 5pm until midnight. Additionally there will be transportation available for our rural communities including Anzac, Conklin, Janvier, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McKay. Free parking is being offered at Keyano College. For public safety, residents are asked to note that traffic changes will occur due to road closures.

Volunteers are still needed for traffic control positions along the parade route and float registrations are still being accepted. Residents are encouraged to visit http://www.eventswoodbuffalo.com/ for more information.

Events Wood Buffalo wishes a warm holiday thank you to the various sponsors, organizations and partners that have contributed to the event.

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