In the spirit of Christmas, Santa Claus will be arriving in Nelson to light up Baker Street street and visit with children on November 29. Prior to his arrival everyone is invited to dress-up in their elf ware or as their favourite reindeer to welcome Santa.
Santa is expected to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the grand light up of two large Christmas trees with the help of the fire department and led by pipers. Afterwards Santa and his elf helper will be available to meet children at the Nelson Trading Company.
The evening is also a chance to mingle in the 400 block as it will be closed off to traffic for pedestrians starting at 5:30 p.m. There will be hot chocolate and apple cider for a warm up and the Rotary Daybreak Club will be selling hotdogs. Mr. Mojo will be entertaining on stage and the Rhythm Ropers will be skipping up a show.
Event co-ordinator Margaret Stacey of the Nelson Business Association said it’s the organization’s big event of the year to give back to the community. She said merchants will have their Christmas displays up and businesses have been encouraged to stay open later. There will be festive music provided by Santa and the Association des francophone des Kootenays Ouest (AFKO). Quebec’s winter festival mascot, Bonhomme is expected to join the festivities too.
Maureen Crawford, coordinator, for the Nelson Festival of Lights Committee said many senior elves will be there to give children glow sticks.
Sales of popcorn and cider are going to the Ward Street Place (Room to Live campaign).
The City of Nelson will be closing off the 400 block by 4 p.m. for set up.
Schedule of Events
5:30 Family entertainer Mr. Mojo takes to the stage! www.mrmojo.net (Stage)
5:40 The Rhythm Ropers wow the crowds (Street)
6:00 Live music and entertainment for the whole family (Stage)
6:30 Santa arrives! (Street)
6:45-8:00 Visit with Santa (Trading Post Mall)
6:45-8:00 Live music and entertainment (Stage)
5:30 -8:00 Hot treats, Happy Elves and Holiday Fun (Street)—Wander the 400 Block of Baker Street and enjoy what’s on offer from a variety of businesses and service organizations.