Charlottetown Announces Modified Holiday Events

Charlottetown Announces Modified Holiday Events
Posted on 10/23/2020
The City of Charlottetown is pleased to announce modified plans for the annual Wintertide Holiday Festival, including the Charlottetown Christmas Parade.

The 2020 Wintertide Holiday Festival will run November 20 - January 3, 2021 and as always will feature a collection of many seasonal celebrations, events, and recreational activities being coordinated by the City of Charlottetown, community organizations, and residents during the Holiday Season for all to enjoy, including a number of signature celebrations. A calendar of activities will once again be available leading up to the Festival and thousands of festive lights will continue to illuminate the Capital.

In a traditional year, the Wintertide Holiday Festival would kick off with the Official Tree Lighting. While the tree will still be lit, an official ceremony will not take place due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

The City's annual Christmas Concerts, in support of the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle, will take place November 28 and 29 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Homburg Theatre. One-hour concerts - John Gracie's Once Upon a Christmas Tour and A Christmas to Remember - will both be held each day with seating for 300 available at each concert. Free tickets will be available starting on Friday, November 13. More detailed information will follow in November.

“As with many other events, things will look a little different this year,” said Mayor Philip Brown. “There is a magical feeling in the Birthplace of Confederation around the Holiday Season and we wanted to bring some of that sparkle and spirit to neighbourhoods across Charlottetown.”

Holiday magic will spread throughout all seven neighbourhoods across the capital City from November 30 to December 4, with The Charlottetown Christmas Parade presents “Santa Claus Comes to Town”. This roving convoy will feature a Charlottetown Police vehicle, Charlottetown Fire truck, everyone's favourite dog - Charlie Town, and of course Santa himself! Detailed route maps will be released later in November and spectators are encouraged to welcome Santa to the city from their residence.

“The Tourism and Event Management Team have been working diligently with the Chief Public Health Office to find creative solutions to continue to offer engaging holiday programing,” said Councillor Julie McCabe, Chair of the Economic Development, Tourism, and Event Management Committee. “We are excited to move forward with these events and more details will be announced next month.”

The City's annual Home Decorating Contest and Christmas Tree Lane, in support of the Children's Wish Foundation, will proceed as usual. The City will also once again partner with Discover Charlottetown on the annual Charlottetown Christmas Festival and Victorian Christmas Market. The Discover Charlottetown team is hard at work and details will be announced in the near future.

All events have been sanctioned and approved by the CPHO and will be following all public health guidelines. For more information about CPHO guidelines related to COVID-19, visit: www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid

More information about The Charlottetown Christmas Parade presents "Santa Claus Comes to Town" and the Wintertide Holiday Festival will be available on the Events and Initiatives tab at www.charlottetown.ca in the coming weeks.