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Deck the Halton Hills - Acton Goes to the Drive-through for Santa Claus Parade

Saturday's Santa Claus parade was different from any other because of COVID-19 concerns. Instead of a parade through town, the Acton Fire Fighters and parade committee decided to hold a drive-through visit with Santa at a course laid out in the parking lot of Acton High School. Parade marshal Nick Carol could tell the event would be successful when over 150 cars streamed through the site in the first hour and a half. In total, “276 vehicles visited with approximately 1,100 community members,” he said. “Many vehicles and passengers, decorated and dressed up, impressed Santa with their amazing spirit. We also had a visit from the Acton Veterinary Clinic who brought a vehicle converted into a large dog.” Acton Rotary Club's Citizens of the Year, Anne and Lloyd McIntyre, were also on hand for the review. Vehicles entered the site via Cedar Road, and the occupants were directed past Santa's helpers and trailers where they could drop off donations and gifts, as well as letters to Santa at the North Pole. The star attraction, Santa, waited to greet visitors at the end of the loop.“ We raised a large amount of money for the Acton food bank and a trailer filled with food and gift donations,” said Carol. A team of 15 volunteers made sure the parade went smoothly. “Big thanks to the members of the Halton Regional Police who assisted with traffic control and safety of the event,” said Carol. “Huge thanks to the Acton community for supporting this event and the Acton Fire Fighters Association.”


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