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Press Release: Barrie’s Santa Claus Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration Cancelled for 2020

Friday, October 2, 2020

Friday, October 2, 2020

Barrie’s Santa Claus Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration Cancelled for 2020

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce’s Santa Claus Parade and Downtown Barrie’s Tree Lighting Celebration have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both organizations were hopeful about bringing these long-time favourites to the downtown this Christmas season, but organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel them due to the public health risks associated with mass gatherings. The events were due to take place on Saturday, November 21st, 2020.

There will still be lots to do this Christmas season in downtown Barrie! Explore our new Dunlop Streetscape while checking out all that’s planned for Noella in the City: Rotary Festival of Trees in Meridian Place and Heritage Park, festive window displays in downtown businesses, the Noella Tree & Wreath Lot in support of Hospice Simcoe, and the well-known and loved Holly Days! Stay up-to-date on all things Noella by visiting and following us on social media @downtownbarrie.

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce is intent on maintaining the history of the parade, as this is quite likely the first time the event has been cancelled since World War II. Our team has been working on an online format that will keep Santa in your hearts and minds this Christmas season, while shopping local and supporting our regional economy. Watch for the Chamber’s official Santa Tour launch details in the coming weeks.

The health and safety of our members, community, volunteers and staff will always be our primary concern. We eagerly look forward to an exciting 2021 event season. Thank you for your understanding.

Kelly McKenna, Executive Director
Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)

Paul Markle, Interim Executive Director
Barrie Chamber of Commerce

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