In addition to making appearances this month in parades and other special events, Santa Claus will be making the rounds on the Coca Cola Holiday Truck, visiting communities across the country.
It’s part of the Canadian-led Global Human Connection Movement, in connection with The GenWell Project, to reinforce the critical importance of togetherness.
“There has never been a greater need for human connection and interaction than right now. By partnering with Coca-Cola Canada Bottling, we hope to inspire a Movement of Togetherness we know Canadians are all so desperately craving,” says Pete Bombaci, founder, The GenWell Project. “The issue of social isolation and loneliness was growing before the pandemic, but after nearly two years of various lockdowns and cancelled gatherings, it has magnified the issue for many Canadians. Now, every act of connection, big or small, brings communities together to improve that sense of belonging that makes us all happier and healthier.”
According to a study conducted by IMI International, nearly 10 million Canadians are heading into the holiday season feeling the loneliest they’ve ever felt in their life. In the same poll, out of nearly 500 activities to choose from, attending a Christmas or Holiday event is the number one activity Canadians are looking forward to in 2021.
In several markets across the country, Coca-Cola Canada Bottling and The GenWell Project will identify especially worthy community members who have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and celebrate them with a special Holiday Truck Tour experience and a legacy workshop designed to help inspire moments of togetherness, even after the Holidays are over.
The Tour will kicked-off on November 13 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and will make its last stop in Victoria, British Columbia by mid-December.
At select events, the Holiday Truck will be accompanied by onsite local musical guests and entertainment, snow globe displays, along with photo opportunities with Santa from a safe distance.
Visit DeliverTheMagic.ca for full information on the tour, safety protocols, and to find out when the Truck will be stopping.
Here are the dates/times and cities in the Barrie area:
|Barrie Chamber Of |
|Barrie||Coca Cola truck will be driving around Barrie on Tuesday, Nov. 16.||Nov 16||Noon||6 p.m.|
|Southlake Regional Health|
|Newmarket||596 Davis Dr||Nov 17||17:00||19:00|
|Walmart Newmarket |
|Newmarket||17940 Yonge St||Nov 17||18:00||20:00|
|Shoppers Drug Mart||Bradford||140 Holland St W||Nov 17||15:00||17:00|
|Newmarket Home |
|Newmarket||828 Davis Drive||Nov 17||17:00||19:00|
|Metro||Newmarket||1111 Davis Dr||Nov 17||17:00||19:00|
|Dickie’s No Frills||Newmarket||17255 Leslie St||Nov 17||17:00||19:00|
|St. Jean de Brebeuf |
|Bradford||151 Miller Park Ave||Nov 17||15:00||17:00|
|Walmart Supercentre||Bradford||545 Holland St W||Nov 17||15:00||17:00|
|Zehrs||Bradford||500 Holland St W||Nov 17||15:00||17:00|
|Food Basics||Bradford||493 Holland St W||Nov 17||15:00||17:00|
|Sobeys||Bradford||40 Melbourne Dr||Nov 17||15:00||17:00|
|Reali’s No Frills||Bradford||305 Barrie St||Nov 17||15:00||17:00|
|Foodland||Beeton||50 Main St E #13||Nov 17||13:00||14:00|
|Beeton Shoppers Drug |
|Beeton||50 Main St E||Nov 17||13:00||14:00|
|Walmart||Midland||16845 HWY 12||Nov 18||17:00||21:00|
|Blue Mountain Resort||Blue Mountains||190 Gord Canning Dr||Nov 19||17:00||21:00|
|FreshCo||Collingwood||55 Mountain Road||Nov 19||15:00||17:00|
|Walmart Collingwood |
|Collingwood||10 Cambridge St||Nov 19||15:00||17:00|
|Georgian College||Barrie||1 Georgian Drive||Nov 23||11:00||15:00|
|Sobeys||Barrie||37 Mapleview Dr W||Nov 30||20:00||21:00|
|Walmart Barrie North||Barrie||450 Bayfield St||Nov 30||20:00||21:00|
|John’s No Frills||Innisfil||2211 20th Sideroad||Nov 30||18:00||20:00|
|Sobeys Alcona Beach||Innisfil||2080 Jans Blvd||Nov 30||18:00||20:00|
|Zehrs||Alliston||30 King St S||Nov 30||16:00||18:00|
|Walmart Supercentre||Alliston||30 Dunham Dr||Nov 30||16:00||18:00|
|Giant Tiger||Alliston||130 Young St||Nov 30||16:00||18:00|
|FreshCo||Alliston||161 Young St||Nov 30||16:00||18:00|
|Foodland Stroud||Stroud||8056 Yonge St||Nov 30||15:00||16:00|