Over 300 residents attended Saturday morning’s Candy Cane Tea

Mr. and Mrs. Claus at this morning’s Candy Cane Tea event. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsMr. and Mrs. Claus at this morning’s Candy Cane Tea event. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Nov. 27 Candy Cane Tea event. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsNov. 27 Candy Cane Tea event. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Fred Denney cherishes the first Christmas season for granddaughter Hopper Barber. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsFred Denney cherishes the first Christmas season for granddaughter Hopper Barber. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
From left Jacob Jewell, Kendel Jewell, Melissa Grant, Quinten Grant, Huxley Jewell, and Bond Jewell at the Candy Cane Tea event. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsFrom left Jacob Jewell, Kendel Jewell, Melissa Grant, Quinten Grant, Huxley Jewell, and Bond Jewell at the Candy Cane Tea event. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Little Santa Tori Flynn-Simmonds. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsLittle Santa Tori Flynn-Simmonds. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Town volunteer Cyndi Teulon serves beverages to event attendees. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsTown volunteer Cyndi Teulon serves beverages to event attendees. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
NexSource Centre employees Hanna Young and Kash Varga check-in guests. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsNexSource Centre employees Hanna Young and Kash Varga check-in guests. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Stephanie Richardson with kids Ella (left) and Jack (right) enjoy some sweets at the Candy Cane Tea. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsStephanie Richardson with kids Ella (left) and Jack (right) enjoy some sweets at the Candy Cane Tea. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Mayor Megan Hanson attended the event with her family. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsMayor Megan Hanson attended the event with her family. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Mr. and Mrs. Claus cruising through the Santa Claus Parade. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Young Laker takes a photo of the fire trucks during the parade. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Grinch was there too! Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Toddler accepts candy from a volunteer. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Children enjoy the parade from the sidewalk. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Big Moo Ice Cream Parlor decorated their vehicle to join the parade. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Sylvan Lake Fire Department put up the Nov. 27 fireworks. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsSylvan Lake Fire Department put up the Nov. 27 fireworks. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News

Local events have begun for the holiday season and over 300 Lakers treated themselves to a morning of hot drinks and sweets during the Candy Cane Tea town event at the NexSource Center Nov. 27.

“We are excited to be here. It’s so fun to have a take on how they have done this in the past with decorating cookies and all the families getting together,” said mayor Megan Hanson. “It’s so nice to see Santa in person,” she added.

“Everyone seems to be pretty happy and self-contained at their tables, which is good and that was the goal,” said town special events coordinator Nathan Young, adding, “I would say it’s a very good success.”

While this event required pre-registration, there was a list of other exciting events scheduled for the rest of the weekend.

Santa and Mrs. Claus also attended the annual Santa Claus Parade hosted by the Town of Sylvan Lake on the evening of Nov. 27, starting from 47 Ave. and 44 St. until 49 Ave. and 46 St.

“I’m so glad that it opened up this year. It’s wonderful to see the kids. Last year we did it all virtual and it’s not fun on a computer. It’s great to see the smiles,” said Bruce Clarence, the local Santa.

As part of the town’s Light Up the Lake festivities, Lakers enjoyed the Santa Claus Parade from the sidewalks as local businesses decorated their vehicles and slowly drove through town as part of the parade.

The evening was followed by fireworks put up by the Sylvan Lake Fire Department.

Soon after the events concluded, Lakers flooded social media pages with positive and heartfelt posts about their attendance.

“I think it is really embracing the Christmas spirit and getting ready for the winter that is coming and to have fun and remember to stay safe especially in COVID times,” concluded Young.

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