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Friday, November 16, 2018

Hundreds Turned Out For Port Elgin Tree Lighting, Including Santa Claus

Port Elgin | by Claire McCormack  

Hundreds braved the snowy weather for the lighting of the traditional tree.

Photo By John Divinski 

We got it from the big guy himself.

Santa Claus was at Port Elgin's Coulter Parkette in the downtown core for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and he says he knows the children of Saugeen Shores have been good and he looks forward to delivering his bag of goodies on Christmas Eve.

Santa says he's always pleased when children leave him cookies and milk and he hinted that chocolate chip cookies are his favourite.

At the ceremony, Santa was handing out candy canes to the several hundred people who showed up in snowy weather for the lighting of the traditional tree at the corner of Green and Goderich Streets.

Laurie Carr of Miramichi, New Brunswick was visiting with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchild.

Decked out in a necklace of blinking Christmas lights, Carr says she's spending time with her family before heading back to New Brunswick.

Meanwhile, she's going to be doing some serious shopping to make sure everyone is spoiled on Christmas Day.

Mayor-elect Luke Charbonneau, with the help of some kids, pulled the switch to officially light the Christmas Tree and officially kick off the season in Port Elgin.

Charbonneau says he hasn't started his shopping yet, but planned to scope out the stores for some ideas as stores on Thursday night stayed open until 9pm.

He said one of his Christmas wishes is that merchants in Port Elgin and Southampton have a successful shopping season to cap off what has been a successful summer of business for most merchants.

Southampton's Sparkles Night is set to go Thursday, November 22nd, when the Town Hall Christmas Tree will be lit and merchants will be staying open late to help those early Christmas shoppers.

Santa Claus parades are around the corner as well, with Port Elgin's on Saturday, November 24th and Southampton's on Friday, November 30th.

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