Annual Santa Claus parade takes a fly-by Barrie this year, but other festive activities planned

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COVID-19 worries are keeping Santa from coming to town, at least for the annual parade bearing the jolly guy’s name.
The Barrie Chamber of Commerce’s Santa Claus Parade and Downtown Barrie’s Tree Lighting Celebration have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both organizations were hopeful about bringing these long-time favourites to the downtown this Christmas season, but organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel them due to the public health risks associated with mass gatherings. The events were due to take place on Saturday, Nov. 21.
There will still be lots to do this Christmas season in downtown Barrie, though. Residents and visitors can explore the new Dunlop streetscape while checking out all that’s planned for Noella in the City: Rotary Festival of Trees in Meridian Place and Heritage Park, festive window displays in downtown businesses, the Noella Tree & Wreath Lot in support of Hospice Simcoe, and the well-known and loved Holly Days.
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The chamber is intent on maintaining the history of the parade, as this is quite likely the first time the event has been cancelled since World War II. It has been working on an online format that will keep Santa in hearts and minds this Christmas season, while shopping local and supporting the regional economy. Watch for our official Santa Tour launch details in the coming weeks.