The 29th annual Niagara-on-the-Lake Candlelight Stroll will light up old town this Friday night, with songs, carollers and of course candles.
The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. at the clock tower cenotaph with the singing of Christmas carols, led by Debbie Whitehouse and joined by the Salvation Army Band, after which the town crier will lead the actual stroll on its usual route down Queen St. and around a few blocks of the old town.
The route will be lined with local singers, bell choirs, barbershop quartets, and other musical groups, including the Salvation Army Band, the Fort George Junior Fife and Drum Corps, Grace United Church, Norm Haigh on bagpipes, Yellow Door Theatre Company and plenty more.
Candles will be on sale, one for $3 of two for $5.
Since its inception, the proceeds of the event have gone to support a child with a disability.
This year’s donation recipient is eight-year-old Megan Dyck, who lives with Mosaic Trisomy 8, a rare chromosomal abnormality that can affect many parts of the body. Some symptoms include distinctive facial features; intellectual disabilities; and joint, kidney, cardiac, and skeletal abnormalities.
The funding will support Megan and her family in treatment.
In addition to supporting a local child in need, the stroll supports Newark Neighbours, a local charity which provides food baskets to low-income families.
Non-perishable goods and food items will be collected at each candle stall and at the Fort George parking lot in support of Newark Neighbours. Participants are asked to bring what they can.
A shuttle bus will be taking people to Queen St. from Fort George, starting at 4:30 p.m. and running until 9:30 p.m.
What you need to know
What: Candlelight Stroll
When: Fri. Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Queen St. in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Cost: Candles are $3 each or two for $5.
Extra: Bring a non-perishable food item to donate.