The Grinch stole the show during the 2017 Santa Claus Parade in Sylvan Lake. His little Beetle was decked out in green lights, which caught the attention of many parade goers. File Photo

Sylvan Lake will Light Up The Lake for the holidays

Light Up the Lake celebrations will occur Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 throughout town.

It is nearly the holiday season, and for Sylvan Lake that means the Light Up The Lake Celebrations.

Light up the Night coincides with the Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival and Market which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 this year.

Following the success of last year, the Santa Claus Parade and the fireworks will take place on Sat., Dec. 1.

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Sylvan prepares for festive season with Light up the Lake

Holding the parade on Saturday gives participants all day to prepare, and parents and children time to get downtown without being rushed after school.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2, all participant are asked to register their float by Nov. 28 with the Town.

Following the parade, the Town will once again be hosting a fireworks display at the pier. The fireworks show is expected to begin at 6:15 p.m.

Following the fireworks will be the lighting of the Winter Village, now in its second year. The lighting of the village will also begin the planter parade voting which will run throughout December.

Two of the planters will be chosen for a first place prize for either Best Theme or Best Overall.

The winter village will be housed at the pier throughout the winter, and is getting a little bigger each year until the entire pier is covered in lights.

Don’t forget to grab your tickets for a special breakfast with Santa. The busy man in red is taking a bit of time to spend time in Sylvan Lake and meeting and all the good boys and girls in town.

There will be two sitting with Santa on Dec. 1, the first from 8:30-10 a.m. and the second sitting following from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the multi campus gym at 2 Falcon Ridge Dr.

Tickets for Breakfast with Santa at $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. Photos can also be taken with the big man for $5 per photo.

Tickets for Breakfast with Santa are available at the NexSource Centre, and can be purchased in advance only. This is a very popular vent, and has sold out in years passed.

Rumour has it Santa will also be making a stop at the Yuletide Festival as well.

The Spirit of Sylvan Yuletide Festival will be housed at the NexSource Centre and runs from 4-10 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Money raised through selling Christmas trees, auction items and raffle tickets will be donated to charity along with donations from sponsors. This year the yuletide festival will be donating to the Advanced Ambulatory Care Service, the Sylvan Lake Food Bank and the Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau.

More information about the yuletide festival can be found at www.spiritofsylvanyuletide.com and Light Up The Lake at www.sylvanlake.ca.


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People gather on the skating rink on Sylvan Lake to watch the fireworks display light up the sky over Sylvan Lake after the Santa Claus Parade. This year, following the fireworks there will be a countdown to turn on the Winter Village. File Photo

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