NEW GLASGOW – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….
On Saturday, Nov. 19 the annual New Glasgow Christmas Tree Lighting and Downtown Holiday Light-up will be presented by MacLeod-Lorway Insurance Group in partnership with the Town of New Glasgow and will take place from approximately 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Glasgow Square Theatre’s outdoor stage immediately following the New Glasgow Fire & Rescue Christmas Parade.
The evening will feature entertainment from popular local talent, Albert Dunnewold & Scott MacFarlane, Lacey Morell, and Miss Carla’s Dance students will perform numbers from their upcoming show. “The Nutcracker.”
Following the entertainment, New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks will deliver the countdown to the official lighting of the New Glasgow Christmas Tree. There will also be a special visit from Santa and free hot chocolate, courtesy of Tim Hortons while supplies last.
“The light-up and parade are the annual kick off to the holiday and Christmas season,” says Dicks. “The Town rejoices in the celebrations of this season and what they mean to our community. It is an event both council and staff are looking forward to as a time to come together as family, friends and neighbours to celebrate the holidays and our community spirit and traditions.”
This year, Dicks has invited the New Glasgow Volunteer of the Year Muriel Palmer along with long serving police officer Const. Anthony Thomas and a young New Glasgow resident, Ryan Camp, who is recuperating from a serious car accident several months ago to accompany her in the barouche, the town’s heritage horse drawn carriage.
The parade leaves the former John Brother MacDonald Stadium grounds on Washington Street at 5:30 p.m. and makes its way downtown via East River Road, Archimedes and Provost streets. The parade finishes at the top of town on Stewart Street. There will be a food bank drive during the parade so the community is invited to bring non-perishables goods that will be picked up curbside along the parade route by Kinsmen and Kinettes. Letters to Santa will also be collected and sent to the North Pole.
This year there will be a ‘warm spot’ during the parade hosted by the MacLeod Lorway New Glasgow office at the top of town on Provost Street, with free hot chocolate and just prior to the parade the Salvation Army Brass Band will play in Murdoch Park off Provost Street. A new school spirit award initiated by the Parade Committee and sponsored by CIBC will be announced and presented during the Christmas Tree Light up festivities. The traditional parade prizes for Community Spirit, Best Horse Entry, Best Marching Band, Best Corporate Float, Most Festive, etc will continue to be awarded. Honorary Grand Marshall of the 2016 Parade is Paula Munro-Fraser, a long standing parade committee volunteer.
The New Glasgow Farmers Market will continue to serve the region for year round thanks to the all-season building that opened last January. This holiday season the market is offering a week night market on December 7, from 4 to 8 p.m.
“Many of your favorite vendors will be here, as well as some new faces. There will also be hot food options so you can come straight from work and enjoy a nice dinner before you get to shopping,” says market manager Kristi Russell.
Glasgow Square Theatre is holding its annual Christmas Serenade with Doris Mason and Friends on December 10 at 8 pm, as well as The Nutcracker, a ballet by Miss Carla’s Dance on December 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., Jimmy Rankin “Home for the Holidays” on December 16 at 8 p.m., and A Magical Christmas, a profusion of rock music and snowflakes for the entire family along with Peter Pan, Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, Hercule and Belle on December 17 at 3 p.m.
“This year we have a little something for everyone,” says venue assistant Janine Linthorne. “From East Coast stars such as Jimmy Rankin and Doris Mason, to magical stage characters such as Clara, Tinkerbell and Peter Pan, you can choose one or all to help get you in the spirit of the holidays.”
Visit the Glasgow Square Facebook Page or website for more information on upcoming performances.
Keep checking www.newglasgow.ca and their Facebook page for more details on these and other holiday happenings.