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Oshawa’s Santa Claus parade cancelled

Oshawa’s annual Santa’s Parade of Lights has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Santa won’t be riding through downtown Oshawa this year as his annual parade has been cancelled.

Oshawa’s parade committee received a letter to the community from the big man in red who expressed his concern for the safety of all as COVID-19 continues to affect everyone around the world.

“All of us here at the North Pole have been thinking very hard – trying to figure out a way that we can still have our 2020 Oshawa Santa Claus Parade and still be safe. However, like other communities in Durham Region my parade committee feels it is best if Oshawa’s Santa Claus Parade be cancelled for this year,” writes Santa.

“But, just because we can’t all get together to experience the magic of Christmas this year does not mean that we cannot share the magic with those in our bubble. We can continue to keep the spirit of Christmas in our hearts as we move forward in our daily lives.”

In his letter, Santa says to be sure to keep an eye out for him in and around the community before Christmas and will do his best to try and visit.

Santa says he will be back next year for Santa’s Parade of Lights on Nov. 20, 2021.

“Be sure to let me know how good you are being – stay safe, wash your hands, wear your masks and listen to your parents and grandparents. If we continue to work together, we will beat this pandemic,” writes Santa.

“Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!”