Santa Claus parades highlight fun weekend in Sarnia-Lambton

Santa Claus Parade ( photo by Dave Dentinger)

There are a few Santa Claus parades taking place this Saturday in Sarnia-Lambton.

The Sarnia Kinsmen’s 40th annual event is being held drive-thru style again in the Lambton College parking lot.

Spokesman Bob Marks said they’ll have a dozen floats on display, enough to light up the west side of the parking lot, and residents are encouraged to bring a donation for the food banks.

“It’ll look really nice, according to the application forms, and I know Santa is already ready to go, he’s on his way,” said Marks. “We’re collecting groceries and, if you forget your groceries, we’ll have buckets there to take cash. That will all be spread across the local food banks.”

Marks said Canada Post will have a letter box at the parade for kids to drop off their letters to Santa Claus. City of Sarnia and Seaway Kiwanis Club organizers will be handing out 2,000 “Christmas at Home” kits to every vehicle that drives by the parade, until supplies last.

The parade is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Marks is confident the event in 2022 will make its return to Sarnia’s downtown.

“We are planning to have it on Christina Street next year,” he said. “People have really been looking forward to getting it back downtown. We’ve had requests, but it’s safer to do a drive-thru event this year.”

Meanwhile, there’s a traditional parade being held in Corunna.

The event, put on by the Optimist Club of Moore, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to feature about 15 floats. It will begin at Chris’ No Frills at 175 Bunker Avenue and will travel north on Lyndoch Street before wrapping up on Beckwith Street.

The Forest Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade is set for 7 p.m. Saturday. It begins at Kimball Hall on Townsend Line to Main Street, ending at the library on King Street. Donations for Contact House will be collected along the route.