It seems like as soon as Halloween is done, Christmas decor goes up. Have you strung your Christmas lights yet? I don’t know if you happened to notice, but we actually even had a few snow flakes fall in London, Ontario yesterday. That might help to get you in the mood. And it also might help a certain someone glide into town tomorrow evening. That’s right, not only is Christmas in the air, but Santa Claus is coming to London this weekend! Get your festive spirit on Londoners!

Christmas Spirit In Your Neighbourhood

London Santa Claus Parade

You better watch out.
You better not cry.
You better not pout,
I’m telling you why.
Santa Claus is coming to town!

That’s right, the London Santa Claus parade is this Saturday November 9, 2013. The first floats launch from Dundas St and Egerton St. at 6 pm sharp. It will be approximately 60-90 minutes of cheer for all involved, and as always it is a FREE event. The parade route runs west along Dundas and ends at Ridout St. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World”. That sounds like a not-to-be-missed family event to me!

In addition to all the floats, bands, and of course the big guy at the end, the Santa Claus Parade is a great local event to attend for other reasons. Food donations are collected for the London Food Bank. Last year, almost 2,700 brand new stuffed toys were collected and given to the London Salvation Army. A toonie toss helps to supplement the cost of the parade (it is paid for via corporate sponsorship and community involvement, not by the City of London or any other level of government). A portion of the proceeds also goes towards helping local charities, like the Shriners, My Sister’s Place, and others. So the question I ask you is, have you been naughty or nice this year? And will Santa know or should you head downtown on Saturday to tell him yourself?

Knowing that Santa is on the way puts most people in mind of a little shopping as well. Santa can’t fit everything down your chimney you know! You have to help the jolly old elf out when you can. You are in luck too, as there are a few Christmas markets being held this weekend around London.

Autism London Christmas Market – 

Knollwood Park Public School (70 Gammage St.); Saturday, November 9th, 10 am – 4 pm. Variety of vendors, tea room, admission by donation.

Annual Christmas Bazaar –

St Paul’s Cathedral (472 Richmond St); Saturday, November 9th, 10 am – 2 pm. Homemade jams, jellies, preserves, jewellery, handmade crafts, toys, silent auction table, and more. Free.

IODE London 10th Annual Tinsel Town Bazaar & Tea Room –

Kiwanis Senior Community Centre (78 Riverside Dr); Saturday, November 9th, 9 am – 2 pm. Raffle baskets, baked goods, attic treasures, books, jewellery, sewing, knitting, plus the Tea Room. Free.

Holly Bazaar –

First St Andrews United Church (350 Queens Ave); Saturday November 9th, 9 am – 12 pm. Christmas gifts, meat pies, jewellery, baked goods, pet treats, baby quilts, toys, as well as a quilt auction and Cafe Noël.

May Court Marketplace –

Bellamere Winery (1260 Gainsborough Rd); Sunday, November 10th, 12 pm – 4 pm. Holiday decor, frozen food, baked goods, original art, jewellery, handbags, wood craftsmen, tea room. Free

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza

Byron Legion (1276 Commissioners Rd W); Sunday, November 10th, 11 am – 4 pm. Baked goods, handmade items, sparkle tattoos, jewellery, scents. Swag bags for the first 50 shoppers. Entrance by non-perishable food donation to the London Food Bank.

That should be enough Christmas to keep your spirits bright this weekend. If you know of any other Christmas markets, just drop me a line and I will pass the good word along!