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Ramping up for downtown holiday season celebrations

Plans are in the works for Santa's arrival on Saturday, Nov. 18 in downtown Barrie. Getting ready to make merry are, from left, Barrie Chamber of Commerce director Richard Brooks, Rotary Club of Barrie director John Laking, Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) managing director Craig Stevens, Ward 8 Coun. Arif Khan, Ward 2 Coun. Rose Romita and, front, the BIA's Stacy Zubczyk.

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Plans are in the works for Santa's arrival on Saturday, Nov. 18 in downtown Barrie. Getting ready to make merry are, from left, Barrie Chamber of Commerce director Richard Brooks, Rotary Club of Barrie director John Laking, Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) managing director Craig Stevens, Ward 8 Coun. Arif Khan, Ward 2 Coun. Rose Romita and, front, the BIA's Stacy Zubczyk. MARK WANZEL/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

(STAFF) - Old St. Nick and his elves will be taking a break from their yuletide chores on Nov. 18.

That Saturday, the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) will be presenting its annual tree lighting and fireworks display at Memorial Square.

They will take place in conjunction with the Barrie Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade and the Rotary Club of Barrie Festival of Trees at Heritage Park.

The fun begins at 3:30 p.m. with live entertainment from three musical acts, face painting for the kids and balloon animals.

Free hot chocolate will be provided by Tim Hortons with a donation to the Barrie Food Bank or the Christmas Cheer Toy Drive.

And a perennial Christmas movie favourite, Elf, will be playing at Five Points at approximately 5 p.m. as the parade starts.

The evening will wrap up with the BIA fireworks display.



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