‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ parade to light up Fort McMurray hearts

Santa Claus is coming to Franklin Avenue with a 50+ float parade

By SHELLEY TERMUENDE, Connect Contributor

Santa waves to Fort McMurray residents at last year's parade on Franklin Avenue. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Santa waves to Fort McMurray residents at last year’s parade on Franklin Avenue. SUPPLIED PHOTO

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is getting out their milk and cookies to prepare for the arrival of Saint Nicholas in Fort McMurray on December 5. This family fun-filled event will bring out the holiday spirit in both old and young alike. Santa Claus Parade Coordinator Megan Stringer – who has insider knowledge on Claus’ Operations department- shared that Santa will be coming to town in a new and improved sleigh.

“This year we’re not just excited about the Santa Claus Parade. We have a day filled with activity for the whole family. This will be our first year working in partnership with the Wood Buffalo Regional Library as they host the Elves’ Workshop.”

“This year we’re not just excited about the Santa Claus Parade. We have a day filled with activity for the whole family. This will be our first year working in partnership with the Wood Buffalo Regional Library as they host the Elves’ Workshop.”

The Library will be home to some of the North Poles finest workers from noon to 4:30 p.m. before these kind elves are chartered back to their northernmost toy workshop.

If you are looking for a new career, the regional library can help. You can join Kris Kringle’s team of elves following the completion of a quick training program. Kringle Kreations confirmed they offer education assistance for those elves looking to go to school for employment during the off season.

One elf interviewed said he is currently being sponsored to become a dentist and successfully completed an internship assisting with root canals on the Abominable Snowmen. Skill testing activity stations will include: Spin the Elf, Elf Plinko, Elf Match Up, Elf Booger, Reading with Santa, Elf on the Shelf Search, cookie decorating, hot chocolate and crafts. Candidates can receive an official elf certificate after completing an elf passport with no work permit or Red Seal required, as they are “willing to train”.

When speaking on the effects of global warming, Mr. Kringle said he is considering changing from a coal-based operational plant, to one run on hydro power, but informed us that he would not be melting down any snowmen to keep up with a steady demand of toys each year.

Also part of the action is the must-see holiday light show: The Lights of Christmas. With help from many, a bright nosed reindeer will showcase breathtaking displays of colour. This will be the first year the Lights of Christmas will be held at McMurray Experience in the Jubilee Plaza at 5 p.m. and the city hopes it will become a new holiday tradition.

The city will be welcoming Santa Claus in with true Fort McMurray style with an anticipated 50 + floats leading the generous gift giver through downtown beginning at 6:30 p.m. With the theme of “Holly, Jolly Christmas”, local businesses will be rocking around the clock and saying hello to everyone they meet along the parade route.

Road closures for the parade include: Prairie Loop Boulevard, which will be closed from noon to 9 p.m., Franklin Avenue, closed from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Riedel Street, closed from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

– Connect Weekly –