Pandemic forces Christmas OFF the Farm this year

An annual holiday event that usually attracts upwards of 4,000 people to Canatara Park has been cancelled this year.

The 46th annual Christmas on the Farm, held in partnership with the Seaway Kiwanis Club, is being transformed to “Christmas OFF the Farm” to limit the spread of COVID-19.

City Recreation Coordinator Rachel Veilleux said it was a tough decision to cancel the traditional event.

“I think with the second wave right now, a lot of event organizers are finding it tough,” said Veilleux. “We’re really trying to be innovative and reimagine things to the best of our abilities. Christmas isn’t cancelled, the holidays certainly aren’t cancelled, we want to make the most of it that we can.”

“Christmas OFF the Farm” will include a chance for kids to send letters to Santa through a holiday mailbox set up until December 5 at Toys “R” Us.

The city is also accepting pre-recorded holiday shout-out videos until November 30, which could be broadcast on the City of Sarnia and The Show with David Burrows Facebook pages on Friday, December 4 at 2 p.m.

More information is posted to the city’s website at www.sarnia.ca.