Santa Claus is coming to Manitoulin!

MANITOULIN—Take a break from Christmas shopping and stuffing stockings to check out the magical Santa Claus Parades on Manitoulin this year.

The Northeast Town will be holding its Santa Claus Parade in Little Current this Saturday, December 6 at 6 pm.

The parade route will head down Meredith Street to Red Mill Road, travel along Red Mill Road to Robinson Street and downtown to Water Street.

Santa Claus will stop downtown at the cenotaph following the parade for the tree lighting along with Christmas carols and hot chocolate! Be sure to bring your camera for a photo with Santa.

To register your community group, organization or business float or walking group, please contact Heidi Ferguson at (705) 368-2825 or email hferguson@townofnemi.on.ca.

The 12th annual Gore Bay Santa Claus Parade will also be on December 6, starting at 7:30 pm.

The parade will start at Charles C. McLean Public School, heading north on Meredith Street then turning west onto Dawson Street, travelling south onto Phipps Street, west onto Eleanor Street and east onto Main Street before turning south on Meredith Street and back to the school.

Anyone looking to participate in the parade is to call the town office at 705-282-2420 and ask to speak with Jeremy. There are no fees required and no float too big or too small.

The annual Whitefish River First Nation Santa Claus Parade will be a holly jolly event for the whole family on Sunday, December 14 from 2 to 8 pm.

The parade will be themed Prep and Landing, Naughty vs. Nice (the 2011 holiday animated movie) and will start at the community centre, travelling to the new subdivision and ending at the Seven Fires Youth and Elders Centre.

There will be a $500 first place prize, $400 second place prize, $300 third place prize and a $100 gift card runner up prize. Registration started on Monday, December 1 and runs until Friday, December 12. Contact Candice Assiniwe at the Whitefish River Community Health Centre, 705-285-4354.

Following the parade there will be a sliding party, snowman making contest, hot chocolate, bon fire with a marshmallow and wiener roast, pictures with Santa and a family movie night.

The family snowman building contest starts at 4 pm and prizes include a family night out package valued at $150 for first place, a family night bundle valued at $75 for second and a family games bundle valued at $50 for third place. The event is hosted by the library and registration will take place on the day of the event.