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.