PETROLIA SET TO WELCOME SANTA CLAUS TO TOWN WITH CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, A PARADE, AND A CHANCE TO MEET HIM AT THE PETROLIA YMCA!
It’s about to look a lot like Christmas in Petrolia!
After careful consideration and discussions with our community partners, we are pleased to announce the following activities:
Christmas in the Park will take place in Victoria Park, Petrolia on Friday, December 3, 2021. We are excited to welcome our Service Clubs, and Petrolia & North Enniskillen Fire Department as they all prepare to share some sweet treats with attendees! Families are asked to visit each group for a special Christmas treat starting at 5:00 p.m. The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club Angel Tree names, and the Angel Tree will be visible in the Park, and names will be read by Club members. At 6:00 p.m. Mayor R. Brad Loosley will have the important job of lighting up the Park and kicking off Christmas in Petrolia! We are pleased to welcome the New Life Assembly Band for your enjoyment.
For the safety of all participants, families are reminded to please maintain appropriate distance from other families, and to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
The annual Chili Cook Off has been postponed until 2022 in observation of the importance for residents to maintain physical distance, service clubs to maintain physical distance when they would be preparing the chili and to actively encourage residents to enjoy a takeout meal from a Petrolia restaurant to show them support.
In place of the traditional wagon rides and live nativity scene, and roasted marshmallows, residents and business owners are asked to submit their address to be included on the “Magical Tour of Lights” a driving map of Christmas light and decorations throughout Petrolia from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021. To participate, Petrolia residents and business owners simply need to submit their address to email@example.com and ensure that their home or business is decorated and that the lights are on for the tour. The map will be made available in the week leading up to the event.
“…As we move forward from the gathering limits and other restrictions, we felt that it was important to provide a family-friendly option once again that would usher in the Christmas season and bring back the tradition of the lighting of the lights in Victoria Park and see the return of Santa Claus to Petrolia.” Said Dave Menzies, Director of Community Services and Facilities.
Saturday, December 4, will mark Petrolia’s first Outdoor Christmas Market, taking place at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market site from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a variety of vendors and light refreshments available for purchase.
“Following the huge success of the Tuesday Evening Market this Summer it seemed like an obvious addition to our events for 2021.” Said, Marketing and Events Associate, Thera Wagner. “This year has been all about getting people out of their homes, safely, and offering outdoor opportunities to bring the community together as health guidelines have allowed. We have a full roster of vendors already, and have a waiting list as well, so visitors can expect a full Market.”
“Shop Like Santa”, all day Saturday, December 4, Downtown Petrolia welcomes shoppers to participate in a Christmas-themed shopping event and a chance to win Petrolia Bucks! For more details on this event please watch for a detailed announcement, coming soon.
Santa Claus is indeed coming to town! The Petrolia Christmas Parade will return for 2021 in all its colourful, festive, joyful, and whimsical glory! The Community Services Advisory Committee and events team are pleased to announce that Petrolia’s “All the Colours of Christmas” Parade will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. downtown Petrolia.
Parade organizers have developed appropriate safety protocols for parade participants and ask that those attending the parade do their part to help with following the guidelines. Prior to the parade, an online sign in portal will be available for contact tracing attendees. QR codes will be placed around the parade route so that you can check in also. One check-in per family is all that is required. Attendees are asked to stay in their family group, and to wear a mask if you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from other families.
Details of the parade route will be available shortly.
The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club along with the Petrolia Camera Club have confirmed that Santa Claus will be making an appearance at “The Centre” (The Petrolia YMCA). Santa felt that he can easily socially distance with those wishing for a photo this year by offering to greet them, and pose in the same photo, but six feet or more apart. Through the magic of photography, the photo will be well-staged and printed onsite so that families may take home a memory of their visit. Several volunteers will be present to ensure that physical distancing requirements are met and exceeded. Those 12 years or older, entering the Petrolia YMCA must show proof of vaccination per Provincial regulations.
If you are wondering how Santa Claus will get your Christmas Letters and Wish Lists this year, he has advised the Town Hall that he will be responding to e-mails and letters. He has asked that e-mails be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will reply. Alternatively, Letters to Santa can be dropped off in the special mailbox at the Santa at The Centre (Petrolia YMCA) event.
This event will start immediately following the parade. Participants are reminded that masks must be worn while inside the Petrolia YMCA until requested to remove them for the photos.
Should you go:
5:00 p.m. – Victoria Park – Service Club Treats, Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Angel Tree, and Christmas music in the Park
6:00 p.m. – Victoria Park – Lighting of the Lights
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Around Petrolia – Magical Tour of Lights – maps available December 1
Saturday, December 4, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – 396 Fletcher Street, Behind the Library – Petrolia’s First Outdoor Christmas Market
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.* – Downtown Petrolia – “Shop Like Santa” Christmas Shopping Event (hours vary based on each business)
2:00 p.m. – Downtown Petrolia – Santa Claus Parade “All the Colours of Christmas”
Following the Parade – Petrolia YMCA – Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club hosts “Santa at The Centre (Petrolia YMCA)”
E-mails and letters to Santa will be accepted until December 15, 2021, and all letters with an e-mail address or return address will receive replies.
PARADE REGISTRATION FORMS: 2021-Fillable Parade registration