Christmas events to help kick off the season in Weyburn

Three events are coming up to help kick off the Christmas season in Weyburn, one of them a brand new event from Weyburn Tourism.

River Park Sparkles will premiere on Monday, Dec. 2 at River Park, as a new event.

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The kickoff to Sparkles will begin at 7 p.m., with light displays on throughout the park. Hot chocolate will be served along with treats, and carolers will fill the air with Christmas music.

The light displays will be in place throughout the month until Jan. 4, 2020, and lights will come on each day once the sun goes down.

During this time, organizers are asking the public to help keep viewers of the lights safe by observing the designation of Monday through Thursday as driving nights, and Friday to Sunday as walking nights.

Coming up quickly is the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Trees, the annual major fundraiser for the Family Place, which will be located back at Barber Motors this year.

The Tree Festival will be open for setup on Nov. 18-20, and then will be open for viewing from Nov. 21-28, with the live auction of the trees and silent auction items on the last evening.

The Family Place has put out a request for volunteers to be a host or hostess for the viewing of the festival, with the hours going from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on most days. Those interested can contact the Family Place by phone at 306-842-7477 or by email at thefamilyplace@sasktel.net.

The third event is the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce’s Parade of Lights, which will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, starting at 7 p.m.

The Chamber is now taking entries for the event, and are asking for registration of floats to be done on their website at www.weyburnchamber.com, or by calling the Chamber’s office at 306-842-4738.

The Chamber reminds those taking part in the parade not to have a Santa on their float, as one is provided at the end of the parade, and not to throw candy from the float, but to have people walking on the parade route and handing it out to viewers.

Float entries should be lit up brightly, and walkers could use glow sticks or reflective vests so they are easily seen.