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One giant tree. 18,000 lights. Five ways to make memories that will last a lifetime.

2018 was a year of firsts for the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA). With the official opening of Meridian Place & Memorial Square in the heart of downtown Barrie, the community now has a space just for them. From festivals and events to concerts and outdoor movies, the venue was kept busy all summer long. Heading into the Christmas season, we plan to continue to keep the space bustling for our community.

Here are 5 ways to make memories that will last a lifetime in downtown Barrie and at Meridian Place & Memorial Square this Christmas Season:

1. Tree Lighting Celebration & Santa Claus Parade 🌲

Make sure not to miss the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)’s Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, November 17th. This year’s event is one for the books as it is the inaugural year of the 30ft Christmas Tree at Meridian Place. The fun begins at 3:30pm with face-painting, an outdoor movie, free hot chocolate, live music and more! The Barrie Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade leaves Tiffin Street and Lakeshore Road at 5pm and will roll through our downtown shortly thereafter. More fun awaits afterwards at Meridian Place with meetings with Santa, the official tree lighting, fireworks, the incredible Rotary Festival of Trees displays and more!

2. Noëlla Festival ❄

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)’s Tree Lighting Celebration is the official kick off of the 3rd annual Noëlla Festival presented by Meridian Credit Union. As a way to accommodate the growing Tree Lighting Celebration in downtown Barrie, the Noëlla Festival was introduced in 2015. This year, the festivities begin on Saturday, November 17th and run to Monday, December 31st and include fun activities where you can check out the downtown Barrie businesses’ Festive Window Displays, the Heritage Ornament Campaign, the Rotary Festival of Trees which extends into Heritage Park and the…

3. Christmas Tree Lot & Market at Meridian Place 💡

New this year, each Saturday from November 24th to December 15th between 11am and 5pm Meridian Place will be host to a Christmas Tree Lot and Christmas Market featuring Santa from 1pm to 3pm. !00% of the proceeds from the Christmas Tree Lot will go to Hospice Simcoe while all proceeds from the Christmas Market will go to…

4. Support Local 💗

You always have a choice when it comes to where to shop. Why not set a goal of supporting local this Christmas season? Keep your dollars within your local economy and show your love for your community. Each and every one of our downtown businesses is made up of hardworking and talented community members who deserve our love.

5. Holly Days 🎁

A vital part of the Noëlla Festival is the highly anticipated community favourite – Holly Days. From Saturday, November 17th to Sunday, December 16th, all purchases made at participating locations within downtown Barrie come with the chance to enter a ballot into a massive prize package valued at $3500+! A bonus that comes from this campaign is its charitable component. This year’s charitable component is in support of the David Busby Centre.

Each day presents opportunities to create lasting memories. This Christmas season, make your memories in the new Meridian Place & Memorial Square at the heart of downtown Barrie.

For more details about the Noëlla Festival, please visit the Noëlla website.