High River Celebrates the Season with True Christmas Spirit
Virtual Events and Mini-Parades spread joy as community focuses on kindness and caring
HIGH RIVER, AB: Christmas will be different this year due to COVID-19, but the message of kindness, caring and community remains the same – especially in High River, where an old-fashioned Christmas spirit is alive and well.
‘Folks in this town know how to pull together. Kudos to the organizers who have put a great deal of thought and care into the unique porch parades and virtual events this year,” says Mayor Craig Snodgrass. ‘In the true spirit of the season, let’s celebrate the beauty of home and family. By focusing on traditional small town values, we may even experience a special kind of Christmas magic.”
Christmas is about caring for each other and that’s needed more than ever this year. The Town of High River has adopted a Kindness is Caring theme for Christmas 2020. We invite residents to join us in spreading the joy of the season and some Christmas magic in our beautiful town! Watch the Town’s Facebook page for an invitation to share your stories of kindness and caring.
“Another big shout-out goes to the health care professionals and other front-line workers who will be working to help people throughout the holidays. We extend our thoughts to families and individuals whose holidays are affected by the pandemic,” adds Mayor Snodgrass. “This Christmas we are especially grateful for the things that really matter such as the well-being and company of our loved ones. Christmas is good time to spread some extra kindness, caring and joy to others by supporting local organizations that bring food, essential items and Christmas cheer to families and children in need.”
High River’s community spirit shines through as everyone works together to spread joy. Below is a list of events, beginning December 4. The most current details about each event and links to virtual events can be found by visiting these websites: highriverchristmas.ca or the Town’s Christmas Page: highriver.ca/Christmas.
Virtual Lighting of George Lane Park on December 4. The Annual Lighting of George Lane Park will be streamed live on December 4. Enjoy a drive through the beautiful light displays in George Lane Park, which will be shining bright every evening until mid-January.
December 4 Virtual Santa Claus Parade! High River celebrates the annual Santa Claus parade in a virtual event on the evening of Friday, December 4. Send your photos and videos of past parades to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini Porch Parades! Watch from the comfort of your front door as Santa and his friends tour the Town on December 17, 18 and 19. Enjoy a mini-Santa parade from your porch or your street as the parades visit different areas on three special nights. Santa and his friends will be touring the Northwest on December 17, Southeast on December 18 and Southwest on December 19. These mini parades will feature classic vehicles, Emergency Services and the Town’s Santa parade float.
December 5 & 6 from 11 am – 7 pm:High River Agriculture Society Christmas Market
Santa at the Museum – Pre-arranged family visits following all COVID-19 protocols can be booked between December 5 to 20th. Visit the Museum of the Highwood website.
Light Up High River Contest Continues! Christmas lights seem to be going up early this year and are a way everyone can bring joy and hope to each other. Vote for your favourite home or business in the Light Up High River contest. To register and find out how to vote visit ChristmasinHighRiver.ca
Christmas Shopping and Delicious Food: Even with COVID-19 measure in place, you can still support the local business community, restaurants and markets through curbside pick-up, delivery and following AHS safety protocols when shopping at Christmas markets. Remember that most of the Town’s merchants have websites where you can shop online. Visit the Facebook page High River Business Roll Call to ask questions and interact with local businesses through this special season.
Outdoor Skating! What is winter without skating under the stars? Watch for the Rotary Rink at George Lane Park and the rink at McLaughlin Meadows to have ice ready for some family and cohort, social distancing fun!