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No parade, but Santa is still coming to Castlegar

Santa Claus will visit local schools and daycare centres
Santa will be visiting local children at their schools this year. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar’s annual Winterfest celebrations will look different again this year but don’t worry, Santa Claus is coming to town.

The parade of lights, the lighting of the tree, family entertainment, and visits with Santa at City Hall have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the community’s continued efforts to slow the spread.

The Castlegar & District Recreation Department is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Castlegar & District Community Complex. Tickets can be purchased online at (click on register for programs at the top of the page) or by phone at 250-365-3386 for $7. Tickets must be purchased for everyone one-year and older. Participants 12 and older must show proof of vaccination to attend.

Santa plans to visit schools and daycares between Dec. 6-17 to deliver holiday greetings, collect letters to Santa to take back to the North Pole with him, and share a tree ornament made by Selkirk College for all children.

“Ho, ho, hoooo, I’m really looking forward to seeing all the kids again,” says Santa, “It’s been another tough year and I’ll be to Castlegar as soon as the elves finish making all the goodies for the children.”

The Winterfest Committee includes the Castlegar & District Recreation Department, the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Castlegar. The committee would like to thank Regional District of Central Kootenay Area I Director, Andy Davidoff, and Area J Director, Rick Smith, for helping purchase ornaments for the children in our community.

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