SCUGOG: The clip clop of horses’ hooves will return to historic downtown Port Perry this December, and thanks to the Port Perry BIA, the rides will be free to all. So get your sweetheart, gather the kiddies, or bring your out of town visitors for a taste of real Port Perry hospitality. Carriage rides are offered on Saturdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
The activity is just one of many ways that families can mark the holidays. The season kicks off on November 18th, with the BIA’s annual Candlelight Walk. A magical evening awaits all who join the carol singing, along Port Perry’s beautiful Victorian streets. Participants are asked to gather at Palmer Park around 6 p.m. Candles, both traditional and battery-operated, will be for sale. Then, at 6:30 p.m., Stewart Bennett and the Claidhmor band will lead the parade of carolers, as you make your way to the municipal offices for the official tree lighting. The group will then sing and stroll back to Palmer Park, for hot chocolate and cookies. This year’s goodies are provided by Hanks Pastries and Harp & Wylies. Proceeds from all sales, during Candlelight Walk, will go to Operation Scugog.
With trees lit and decorations in place, Port Perry is ready for Santa Claus! Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to meet with the boys and girls of Scugog, at his Queen Street headquarters in front of the Post Office. The jolly old elf will be in town on Thursdays and Fridays from 3p.m.-5p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday festivities in Port Perry continue at the Scugog Memorial Public Library. From December 3rd to January 4th, you won’t want to miss seeing the Bakersville Animated Gingerbread Village. It’s a visual treat for all ages.
And of course, there’s the annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, December 3rd. The Scugog Chamber of Commerce and Port Perry Lions Club team up to present this evening spectacle. The parade leaves the fairgrounds at 5 p.m., and makes its way along Simcoe Street to Queen Street. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Toyland”.
For more information about holiday events in Port Perry, visit www.discoverportperry.ca
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