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Santa to visit Grafton Dec. 17

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today


Santa will make a last stop in the area before retiring to the North Pole to put the finishing touches on Christmas.

At least Kelley Hall of the Grafton Community Sports and Events Committee is given to understand that the Dec. 17 Santa Claus Parade in Grafton just might be the last Santa Claus parade in the area. As she speaks to various people making arrangements to participate, that's what they tell her.

It was several years back that Alnwick/Haldimand Township acquired its own Santa Claus parade, an evening event alternating between Grafton and Roseneath. The custom had lapsed last year, and Hall's committee had wanted to revive it.

This is the year, she said — and because it is a Grafton committee, the parade will remain in Grafton.

And while there are early-afternoon and early-evening parades, Hall added, this might be the only 4 p.m. one.

The route is the same one covered by the Canada Day parade, beginning at the corner of St. Andrew's Drive and Old Danforth Road. It will travel north, turn west on County Road 2 and proceed to the arena. Organizers are hoping everyone will bring along a non-perishable food donation for the local food bank, to be collected along the parade route or dropped off at the arena.

Everyone is invited to linger at the arena for hot dogs and hot chocolate from 4:30 to 5 p.m., followed by skating with Santa from 5 to 6:30 p.m. — all thanks to the sponsorship of the committee.

Walkers and floats of all kinds are welcome to be part of the parade. You can register by calling committee secretary Jen Keller-Nelson at 905-349-3676 or committee chairman David Harnden at 905-349-3063.