WINDSOR, N.S. — Santa Claus is heading to Windsor on Nov. 24, but he will be giving his trusty reindeer the night off as he rides atop a fire truck courtesy of the Windsor Fire Department.
The parade, which starts at 7 p.m., will go down Wentworth Road, O’Brien Street, Gerrish Street, Water Street, and Stannus Street before eventually concluding at Victoria Park where trees will be lit to mark the start of the holiday season.
VanEssa Roberts, director of community development, tourism and recreation for the Town of Windsor, said they’re expecting to have approximately 30 entries in the parade from a variety of community groups and businesses.
Roberts said they’re anticipating another large crowd of spectators.
“The popularity of parades in Windsor is growing,” she said, adding that the recent pumpkin regatta packed the town to capacity.
“We want to make sure public safety is paramount. At the same time, it’s exciting that so many want to come out to our community.”
Roberts said she’s hoping that people will remember to shop local when going through their Christmas lists.
And shoppers will have a chance to do just that during this year’s Avon Christmas Market on Nov. 26 on Victoria Lane in Downtown Windsor.
Dr. Adrienne Wood, one of the directors of the Windsor Business Enhancement Society, said they expect to have between 25 and 30 vendors on site.
“There will be music, hot beverages, a place where kids can write letters to Santa, lots of activities for kids,” Wood said.
The market will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wood said they moved it to Victoria Lane instead of Gerrish Street to give a cozier vibe and negate the need to close down one of the main streets.
“We wanted to create a festive atmosphere for the town to kick off the holidays and to support our local businesses and vendors,” she said. “We want to be welcoming to everybody.”