Here comes Santa Claus…on the Cross-Country Holiday Truck Tour

Several stops will be made in Simcoe County

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 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
BarrieCoca Cola truck will be driving around Barrie on Tuesday, Nov. 16.Nov 16Noon 6 p.m.
Southlake Regional Health
Newmarket596 Davis DrNov 1717:00 19:00
Walmart Newmarket
Newmarket17940 Yonge StNov 1718:00 20:00
Shoppers Drug MartBradford140 Holland St WNov 1715:00 17:00
Newmarket Home
Newmarket828 Davis DriveNov 1717:00 19:00
MetroNewmarket1111 Davis DrNov 1717:00 19:00
Dickie’s No FrillsNewmarket17255 Leslie StNov 1717:00 19:00
St. Jean de Brebeuf
Separate School
Bradford151 Miller Park AveNov 1715:00 17:00
Walmart SupercentreBradford545 Holland St WNov 1715:00 17:00
ZehrsBradford500 Holland St WNov 1715:00 17:00
Food BasicsBradford493 Holland St WNov 1715:00 17:00
SobeysBradford40 Melbourne DrNov 1715:00 17:00
Reali’s No FrillsBradford305 Barrie StNov 1715:00 17:00
FoodlandBeeton50 Main St E #13Nov 1713:00 14:00
Beeton Shoppers Drug
Beeton50 Main St ENov 1713:00 14:00
WalmartMidland16845 HWY 12Nov 1817:00 21:00
Blue Mountain ResortBlue Mountains190 Gord Canning DrNov 1917:00 21:00
FreshCoCollingwood55 Mountain RoadNov 1915:00 17:00
Walmart Collingwood
Collingwood10 Cambridge StNov 1915:00 17:00
Georgian CollegeBarrie1 Georgian DriveNov 2311:00 15:00
SobeysBarrie37 Mapleview Dr WNov 3020:00 21:00
Walmart Barrie NorthBarrie450 Bayfield StNov 3020:00 21:00
John’s No FrillsInnisfil2211 20th SideroadNov 3018:00 20:00
Sobeys Alcona BeachInnisfil2080 Jans BlvdNov 3018:0020:00
ZehrsAlliston30 King St SNov 3016:0018:00
Walmart SupercentreAlliston30 Dunham DrNov 3016:0018:00
Giant TigerAlliston130 Young StNov 3016:0018:00
FreshCoAlliston161 Young StNov 3016:0018:00
Foodland StroudStroud8056 Yonge StNov 3015:0016:00