Thanks to the 2016 Santa Claus Parade sponsors and volunteers!

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It was another great year at the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 26. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and those who came to help out. Without you it simply wouldn’t have been possible!

  • Community Sponsor = Ontario Power Generation
  • Band Sponsor = Chamberlain Timber Mart
  • Sponsor = Town of Gravenhurst
  • Photos with Santa = Neviss Electric
  • Hope Float Award Sponsor = Stevenson Plumbing & Electric
  • Supporter Sponsor = BV Accounting
  • Patron Sponsor = Gravenhurst Sobey’s, Robinson Haulage, Cavill Turner Funeral Home
  • Parade Marshals = Gravenhurst Legion Branch 302
  • Commentary on the fire truck = Fred Schulz
  • Gravenhurst Fire Department, including Sparky
  • OPP – road closures and leading the parade
  • Town of Gravenhurst by-law department – staff and the many volunteers securing and barricading off the roads
  • Town of Gravenhurst – Amy Taylor 
  • Bucket Brigade – 1st Gravenhurst Scout Group
  • Visits with Santa – Gravenhurst Lions Club
  • Refreshments at the visits with Santa – Gravenhurst Girl Guides
  • Crafts at the visits with Santa – Muskoka Family Focus & Children’s Place
  • Tree Lighting – Historic Downtown Gravenhurst
  • Parade Breakfast – Residence Inn by Marriott Muskoka Wharf
  • Filming the Parade – Cogeco Cable – Scott, Samantha & Jack
  • Commentary on Cogeco – Muskoka Music Source – Scott & Sherry Dunlop 
  • Maddie & Sadie – Gravenhurst High School
  • Catharina, Aimee and Chris  – Chamber volunteers

Here comes Santa Claus!

Santa Claus is on his way to Gravenhurst, and the town is ready to celebrate all weekend long!

“This is going to be an incredible weekend of family fun for the entire south Muskoka community,” says Joy Cantle-Jones, who is helping organize the events for the Gravenhurst Chamber. “This is such a big weekend for Gravenhurst and the surrounding communities. We’ve been working around the clock to make sure this is another holiday season kick-off to remember.”

Friday evening kicks off at 5 p.m. with the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours, held at the Chamber/Service Ontario office at 275 Muskoka Road South. As soon as the After Hours concludes, the focus shifts next door to the Heritage Square (in front of the Opera House) for the annual tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. The fun continues with Black Friday shopping running throughout the downtown Gravenhurst area, to go along with Victorian carolers, carriage rides and a visit for Mrs. Claus.

Things get rolling bright and early the next morning at the Breakfast with Santa event, hosted by the Marriott Inn Marriott Muskoka Wharf, between 7 and 10 a.m. Minimum donation is $8, or a donation of a toy or dry goods.

The Santa Claus Parade starts at 11 a.m., and the Gravenhurst Fire department will be collecting toys for children in need. The scouts will also be in attendance collecting donations from parade-goers to help the Chamber pay for the cost of operating the parade and the other events and functions they organize throughout the year. The parade is one of the few remaining that are free to enter a float.

There will also be a chance to meet the jolly old elf himself at the Centennial Centre at 12:30 p.m., hosted by the Lions Club of Gravenhurst.