Tree-lighting, Santa Claus parade to take place in Barrie Saturday –

Tree-lighting, Santa Claus parade to take place in Barrie Saturday -
Santa Claus is coming to town!
The tree celebrations start at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Santa Claus parade begins at 5 p.m. and is expected to roll through downtown Barrie around 5:30 p.m., with the official tree lighting occurring shortly thereafter.

The festival will include wagon rides, live music, fireworks, face painting, an outdoor screening of Miracle on 34th Street and free hot chocolate, with a donation.

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This big gal is going to light up #DowntownBarrie tomorrow night! Huge thank you to @ArnottConstructionLtd & their partners (Curbside Construction, Guild Electric, Lisbon Paving and Precision Markings) for sponsoring this year's tree!🎄 #NoellaFestival #Christmas

The celebration will kick off the Noëlla Festival, which runs until Dec. 31 and includes the New Year’s countdown that’s put on by the city.

Starting Saturday, downtown Barrie will also have festive storefront window displays, a Rotary Festival of Trees, local crafters and artists, live music, visits with Santa Claus at Meridian Place and more.

Installation for Barrie’s 35-foot Christmas tree began on Tuesday. It’s a Norway Spruce sourced from Drydale’s, and this year, about 23,000 low-draw LED lights will be strung on it.

The tree will be in downtown Barrie until February and will honour the tree that stood at Memorial Square for decades, which was diseased and unable to survive transplantation.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. Route: Ottawa City Hall on Laurier Avenue to TD Place on Bank Street

Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. Route: Terry Fox and Castlefrank, along Abbeyhill up to Hazeldean Mall

Saturday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m. Route: St. Lawrence Intermediate and Secondary School, traveling west to Augustus Street

Santa Hours begin at St. Laurent Shopping Centre on Nov. 16. The mall is having an arrival party in centre court starting at 10 a.m., and photos with Santa will begin at 11 a.m.

Santa is also visiting the Rideau Centre, starting Nov. 16. His cabin will be located on level 3 by Simons Court. Spots can be reserved online.

Carlingwood Shopping Centre is hosting a Santa Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $15, and include a hot breakfast, crafts and a meet and greet with Santa.

The City of Ottawa has revealed where the added 40 OC Transpo buses are going, after they were brought back into service last week to relieve ongoing bus service issues since the launch of LRT.