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Gearing up for Santa Claus parades in Cobourg. Port Hope

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Santa Claus waving to his admirers. The 61st annual Cobourg Santa Claus parade took place on Sunday November 20, 2016 in downtown Cobourg, Ont.  There wasn't the usual crowds along the streets possibly due to the first bit of frosty weather for the season. The theme of the parade was Toyland and there were 55 entries and six bands. Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today/Postmedia Network

Santa Claus waving to his admirers. The 61st annual Cobourg Santa Claus parade took place on Sunday November 20, 2016 in downtown Cobourg, Ont. There wasn't the usual crowds along the streets possibly due to the first bit of frosty weather for the season. The theme of the parade was Toyland and there were 55 entries and six bands. Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today/Postmedia Network

WEST NORTHUMBERLAND -- Parades and other Christmas celebrations are taking place this month just as the weather seems like the winter season is finally here.

The Cobourg Santa Claus parade takes place 2 p.m. Nov. 19 with co-operation between the Town of Cobourg, Lions Club of Cobourg and Downtown Cobourg.

Thousands of people traditionally line up along the downtown Cobourg King Street parade route.

It is the 62nd year for the event.

Registration for the upcoming parade can be completed on line at http://www.cobourgsantaparade.com

Registration is also underway for the Port Hope Santa Claus Parade taking place 1 p.m. on Nov. 25.

It starts at Bramley and Ridout streets and "travels down Ridout/Walton St. and onto Queen Street arriving near the downtown Port Hope town hall," according to the registration form.

This year's theme is "A Canadian Christmas."

For more information call 905-885-7908.

Port Hope's Chamber of Commerce provides this additional information: "Both spectators and participants are encouraged to connect with this theme on parade day. Participants are invited to design their floats and walking parties to showcase Canadian traditions, colours and icons. The Port Hope Santa Claus Parade Committee also enthusiastically calls the community to bring their Canadian flags and don their flannel and toques along the parade route. All participants are asked to please register their parade entry. Registration can be completed online at www.porthopesantaclausparade.ca"

And before the parades, Kathryn McHolm is hosting her annual show and sale, Harvest of Christmas Delights, from Nov. 17 to 19 at 4749 County Road 2, Welcome. Among the activities will be the "Gathering of the Greens" for Xmas decorations you can make, hot cider, a variety of arts and crafts, and the McHolm's Facebook posting notes it is "kid friendly." It starts 7 p.m. on the Friday with candles lighting the way from the front to rear of the property. The event opens 10 a.m. on the Saturday and Sunday.

vmacdonald@postmedia.com