URGENT MESSAGE JUST IN FROM THE NORTH POLE!!!
Brockville – – Santa flips the switch on the opening night of the second annual River of Lights, Saturday, November 28, 2020.
Calling Children of any all ages! Confirmation has been received, that this portly, jolly, white- bearded fellow in red attire will be in his Brockville Workshop located on Blockhouse Island, Saturday November 28th .
Beginning at 5 p.m., Santa Claus, accompanied by Mrs. Claus will flip the switch for the opening of the second annual River of Lights Festival. From the comfort of your vehicle or travelling by City and Para Transit Buses (6 to 9 p.m., from Market Street West), the public will see decorated trees on Blockhouse Island, lit up with over 75,000 LED lights. The River of Lights Festival is an interactive and automated programmed light and music show with a mix of traditional Christmas and modern up beat music, as well as today’s hits. The show is free and starts on Saturday, November 28, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (sharp).
This River of Lights will continue throughout November, every evening from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., to January 2, 2021. There will be static lights from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., then the show, followed by static lights from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
After Santa has flipped the switch, families of all sizes can enjoy the music, the lights and Brockville Rotary Santa Claus Workshop.
Below is a map providing the direction for the flow of traffic.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: For safety reasons, NO ONE outside the organizing committee or volunteers will be permitted to walk through any area associated with the Water Street parking lot or the immediate area of Blockhouse Island Parkway. Everyone MUST remain in their vehicle or the bus throughout the route.
Vehicles will be allowed to start driving through at 5:00pm and City Transit buses will begin at 6:00 until 9:00 pm at Blockhouse Island. This year’s theme is “Santa’s Workshop”.
From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., pedestrians will be able to start boarding Brockville City Transit buses, free of charge, to be able to view the venues, the River of Lights sound and light show, Santa and Mrs Claus in his Workshop and finally Rudolf and friends. Pedestrians are asked to PLEASE LINE UP on Market Street West at The Sweet Life Café & Service Ontario wearing your face mask, where Rotary volunteers will meet you. A maximum of 8 people will be allowed on each bus. Face Masks are mandatory at all times and anyone not complying will be asked to leave the area.
Adjacent to Blockhouse Island, the Brockville Fire Department will be accepting toys, the Kinsmen will on hand to take new or gently used snowsuits, plus Beattie Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ltd., and Brockville Road Runners will be happy to receive any food items for the local Brockville and District Food Bank. We ask that those bringing these items, drive their vehicle up to the designated spot, as shown on the map, remain in your vehicle and volunteers will gladly retrieve the articles.
As well, the postal service will cheerfully accept “Letters to Santa”; to mail to Santa. Don’t forget to wave and say hello to the jolly fellow working away in Santa’s Workshop. As you pass by, either riding in a car or via City and Paratransit Buses, wear your mask, social distance, and stay Covid-19 safe.
Unfortunately no photos will be taken with children sitting on Santa’s knee.
“Bringing Santa and Mrs. Claus to Brockville has involved many people, long hours and multiple changes to plans,” said co-chair Rotarian Ed Coon, as echoed by co-chair Dave Paul. “We would like to thank the Brockville Rotary members, the City of Brockville personnel, community groups and volunteers for coming together this year, during this time of Covid-19, to ensure our children and grandchildren can see Santa. Let’s make this Christmas season special and that’s exactly what we want to do with the Brockville Rotary Santa Claus Workshop. So, let’s face it; everyone is a kid at heart, especially when it comes to Santa.”
Partially funded by the City of Brockville, the balance to cover expenses was raised from independent companies and individuals.
Please note that the YELLOW/Night bus service will also be free of charge on Saturday, November 28th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
For any changes or more information to the magical evening’s format, please go to: https://scp.rotarybrockville.ca.
So save this date; Saturday, November 28th to celebrate the opening of the River of Lights and the Brockville Rotary Santa Claus Workshop!
Ho, Ho, Ho!