Leamington Santa Claus Parade going forward with drive-thru model

A float at the Leamington Santa Claus Parade on November 30, 2013.

The annual Leamington Santa Claus Parade is going to look a little different this year.

The Leamington District Chamber of Commerce has decided to host a drive-thru parade model.

“The Leamington District Chamber of Commerce again looks forward to bringing the annual Santa Claus Parade to the community, but in a different way this year. Every year, the community comes out in full force the night of the parade and from the comments coming in, this tradition will continue, of course, with a few Covid tweaks. We are so grateful for the partnership with Parks Canada and Point Pelee National Park” says Chad Robinson, LDCC Christmas Parade Chair.

Floats, mascots, clowns and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be stationed throughout Point Pelee National Park on November 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Spectators will be able to drive by the lit-up displays in their cars.

There will be no cost to enter the park but donations for the food bank and Toys for Tots will be collected along the parade route.

The Leamington Chamber of Commerce is still accepting entrants to the parade from families, clubs, businesses and organizations. People will be allowed on the individual floats so long as public health protocols are followed.

“Our plans, like so many of yours, have changed, and we welcome your participation. We are thrilled to bring this drive-thru experience and chance to see the magic of Santa in this new format. It’s all about the kids!” says Leamington District Chamber General Manager Wendy Parsons.

The Chamber says they will follow all rules put out by local health officials including cancelling the event if it is deemed necessary.