Festive events planned across Sarnia-Lambton

Christmas in the Park. Photo courtesy of the Town of Petrolia via facebook.

Sarnia’s downtown will come alive with Christmas spirit this weekend.

The Christmas Market is running on Friday from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., and Saturday from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The licensed event features 30 local food and craft vendors along the 100 block of Christina Street.

Money raised will benefit the Sarnia Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre.

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It’s the tenth annual Christmas in the Village in Point Edward Saturday, December 7.

The event is on from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

You can vote on your favourite Christmas tree or take a horse and buggy ride from the Point Edward Community Hall parking lot.

St Paul’s Anglican Church is hosting a craft sale and there will be a gingerbread competition at the Point Edward Early Learning Centre.

New this year will be Point Edward Polar Express. The bus will be making stops around the village leaving from the parking lot on Livingston Street beside Santa’s Pergola.

It’s free to catch a ride on the Polar Express, but non-perishable food items for the Inn of the Good Shepherd are greatly appreciated.

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Victoria Park in downtown Petrolia will come alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas on Friday, December 6.

Christmas in the Park begins at 6 p.m. with opening ceremonies and the tree lighting.

There will be hot beverages, cookies, music and a live Nativity Scene.

The event is a prelude to Petrolia’s Santa Claus Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Floats in this year’s Petrolia Santa Claus Parade will be out of this world.

The theme for this year’s parade is ‘Christmas in Space’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing as well as celebrate Sarnia’s Colonel Chris Hadfield.

The former astronaut was inducted in the 2018 Canada Walk of Fame and an Order of Canada recipient.

The parade through the downtown is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Parades are also being held Saturday in Watford at 10 a.m., in Sarnia at 6 p.m and in Thedford at 6:30 p.m.