Update: Rescheduled – Kingston’s Nighttime Santa Claus Parade cancelled for 2021

Photo from Downtown Kingston! BIA.

Update (Friday, Oct. 29, 2021):

After restrictions regarding outdoor events pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted, the Kingston Nighttime Santa Claus Parade has been rescheduled and will now take place in late November. Details here.

Original article:

For the second year in a row, the Nighttime Santa Claus Parade is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The City of Kingston, Downtown Kingston! and KFL&A Public Health said that they are concerned that this successful event will attract too large a crowd to safely allow individuals to physically distance from each other and follow the public health measures that are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

“Cancelling the Santa Claus Parade yet again is a stark reminder that we still have a long way to go before we are free from COVID-19,” said Marijo Cuerrier, Executive Director of Downtown Kingston! Business Improvement Area. 

The parade may be cancelled but Kingston’s holiday spirit will still be present downtown, according to a release from the City of Kingston. In the coming days Downtown Kingston! will be announcing a roster of fun holiday activities designed to encourage the community to embrace the winter season. 

Stay tuned to downtownkingston.ca for details on seasonal events later this fall. 

Ted Hsu for MPP

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