Santa and Mrs. Clause made at a previous Winterfest. Photo: Betsy Kline

Santa and Mrs. Clause made at a previous Winterfest. Photo: Betsy Kline

No Castlegar Winterfest, but Santa Claus is coming to town

Castlegar’s annual Winterfest celebrations will look different this year but don’t worry — Santa will still be here.

The parade of lights, the lighting of the tree, family entertainment, visits with Santa at City Hall, and breakfast with Santa at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex have all been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and the community’s continued efforts to slow the spread.

However, Santa will be visiting schools and day cares in early December to deliver holiday greetings, collect letters to Santa to take back to the North Pole with him, and share a small, locally-made gift with all children.

“Ho, ho, hoooo, I’m really looking forward to seeing all the kids again,” says Santa, “It’s been a tough year and I’ll be to Castlegar as soon as the elves finish making a mask that’s large enough to cover my beard while not fogging-up my glasses.”

The Castlegar Winterfest Committee has partnered with the Castlegar News and FortisBC to boost community spirit by bringing a Making Spirits Bright initiative to Castlegar. Making Spirits Bright will launch Tuesday, Dec. 1 – stay tuned for more details and great prizes.

The Winterfest Committee includes the Castlegar & District Recreation Department, the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Castlegar.

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