Scott Street to become a ‘Winter Wonderland’

In an effort to make Nov. 24 jam-packed with Christmas cheer, the Business Improvement Area is planning its first-ever “Winter Wonderland Day.”
“We want to create a nice atmosphere for families to get their Christmas shopping done,” BIA business co-ordinator Laurie Beadle said Tuesday, adding shoppers should expect to see more decorations put up in the downtown area between Nov. 18-24.
Like during the inaugural “Harvest Festival” in September and the annual “Mall Day” each June, the 200 block of Scott Street will be blocked off from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Beadle noted not only will this allow for activities on the street, but prevent vehicles from parking on that block before the Santa Claus parade that evening.
“We’ll have a full day of activities for both kids and adults. Many stores are doing events on the street,” said Beadle, who added that while some events are confirmed, even more could be announced between now and then.
Some of the confirmed events include “Reindeer Rides,” pictures with Santa, a Christmas karaoke contest at Sight & Sound, carollers, ice pond fishing at A Buck or Two, a Borderland Thunder goalie shoot, Beanie Baby Bingo at Tammi’s Flowers, Cards & Gifts, and children’s crafts at the museum.
The public library also will be having story time, singing songs, and serving up snacks that day.
With all the activities planned, Beadle said she hopes the weather doesn’t change too drastically.
“I should stress that people should dress warm. We’ll also have ‘warm-up’ areas with hot chocolate and apple cider at the museum, and some other businesses,” she remarked.
And at the end of the day (6 p.m.), the holiday spirit will really shine when the Rotary Club’s annual Santa Claus parade gets underway from the Shevlin woodyard.
Now in it’s 44th year, the parade is expected to feature at least 30 floats.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Mankind is Our Business,” and everyone is welcome to enter a float, said Bill Badiuk of the Rotary Club.
Just a reminder that no float should feature Santa Claus, except the final one which the Rotary Club is organizing.
Another reminder is that people on floats should not throw candy to spectators. Not only is it a safety hazard for kids, but some of candy simply goes to waste.
Fort High “elves” will be escorting the parade, handing out holiday treats.
CFOB and the Salvation Army once again will lead the parade, gathering non-perishable food items for the local food bank.
The parade will proceed down Scott Street to the corner of Mowat Avenue, where it will turn right and disperse.
While pre-registering a float isn’t necessary, those with questions can call Badiuk at 274-6311.