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Monday, February 6, 2023
Editorial: That’s the Christmas spirit
The Lake Report's weekly editorial. File

The holiday season in Niagara-on-the-Lake has no shortage of activities — many of them in support of great causes.

So we are highlighting some fun things you can do, while supporting NOTL charitable initiatives.

This Friday, Dec. 2, Old Town will be lit up with thousands of candles for the annual Candlelight Stroll.

Proceeds will go to Ceto Reid, a seasonal farmworker who was hit by a car, and the Farmworkers Hub and NOTL Palliative Care. Food donations are also being collected for Newark Neighbours’ food bank.

On Dec. 10, the Christmas Parade will return to town. Donations will be collected for NOTL Hydro’s toy drive as well as for Newark Neighbours.

For the kiddos, the post office is still accepting letters to Santa — which his NOTL elf Sandy Sugarswirl will make sure he sees and responds to.

At the NOTL Legion, there will be a Christmas craft show Dec. 3 — with warm chili for all who come out.

The Legion also holds its annual Christmas ham and turkey roll after the Christmas Parade on Dec. 10. Funds support the Legion and its various programs in town.

Over at the Pillar and Post, they’ve turned the Monet garden into a winter wonderland, complete with a huge Christmas tree.

And there are still a few tickets left for the NOTL Rotary Club’s tour of the McArthur Estate, with proceeds supporting Rotary’s efforts at home and abroad.

NOTL Palliative Care will host Santa at the community centre Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Santa will read stories for children and there will be hot chocolate and cookies (Santa’s favourite).

And Virgil hosts the second annual Tractor Parade on Dec. 15.

On Dec. 18, Santas will run through town as part of a 5K run. In partnership with NOTL businesses like the Irish Harp Pub and NOTL Realty, the race will help support the town’s new youth campus.

And, of course, many other good deeds have already occurred. Kudos to the Revel Fine Estates team for helping with NOTL Gives Back. And to Joan King for the stocking for seniors project.

This just scratches the surface of the many celebrations happening in town, but we encourage readers to support them and we thank organizers for helping to make a difference in the community.

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