New Addition of 35 ft Christmas Tree Downtown Barrie

preparation for this weekend's festivities is underway

The city of Barrie will be kicking off the holiday season this Saturday with the most traditional event of all, the Santa Claus Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

After many years lighting up the same Christmas tree in Memorial Square, the city will be starting a new tradition by sourcing a local tree to set up just behind the Meridian Place stage with the backdrop of Barrie’s waterfront.

Earlier this afternoon, Drysdale’s Tree Farm brought in one of their very own 35 ft tall trees to stand up in the core of downtown Barrie.

This tree is just one of over 50 trees Drysdale’s has provided in the past for Christmas ceremonies all across Canada, including in British Colombia and Alberta.

Activities on Saturday will take place from about 3:30 pm-8 pm. Earlier on, there will be musical entertainment, face painting, balloon animals, an outdoor holiday film and free hot chocolate with a donation to the Barrie Food Bank or the Rock 95 & Kool FM Toy Drive.

The parade, themed “Christmas Past, Present and Future”, will start at 5 pm and Santa is expected to return to Meridian place around 6:30 pm for fireworks and the tree lighting.

With up to 20 000 lights this year, this tree will be almost impossible to miss downtown Barrie.