Santa is coming to Cobourg on December 4 for the town’s first-ever evening parade

Town council reverses earlier decision to cancel in-person parade now that province has lifted capacity limits for outdoor events

The Town of Cobourg is proceeding with an in-person Santa Claus parade on December 4, 2021, taking place at night for the first time. Pictured is a Santa Claus parade in Penticton, B.C. (Stock photo)
The Town of Cobourg is proceeding with an in-person Santa Claus parade on December 4, 2021, taking place at night for the first time. Pictured is a Santa Claus parade in Penticton, B.C. (Stock photo)

The Town of Cobourg has announced it is proceeding with an in-person Santa Claus parade — and, for the first time, it will be held at night.

The parade is scheduled to take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4th, beginning at the Cobourg Public Library (King Street West and William Street), proceeding east along King Street, and ending at Victoria Park.

A decision was made in early October to cancel this year’s parade but, after the Ontario government announced later in the month that capacity limits for organized outdoor events have been lifted, town council voted on Monday (November 1) to proceed with the parade.

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“We are very much looking forward to hosting our first-ever evening parade promising to bring a magical holiday atmosphere and, of course, incorporate our beautiful annual light display in Victoria Park, Rotary Harbourfront Park and the downtown area,” says councillor Adam Bureau, coordinator of arts, culture and tourism for the Town of Cobourg, in a media release.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Favourite Holiday Jingle and Light Show”, with floats featuring both a musical and lighting component for the night-time parade. Judged awards for floats will include best commercial float, best non-commercial float, and best themed float, along with a Mayor’s Award and a People’s Choice Award.

To register a float for the parade, visit cobourg.ca/christmas. The registration deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, November 26th.

“I am really looking forward to seeing all the creative parade floats as we celebrate the holiday season,” Bureau says.

The parade will also be broadcast live with commentary on Cogeco’s YourTV Northumberland (Cable 10 / HD Cable 700).