Crowds greet Santa Claus in New Hamburg and Baden

Taken from: New Hamburg Independent

Santa Claus got a warm welcome to Wilmot when he visited Baden on Dec. 3 and New Hamburg on Dec. 4.

Good crowds filled the sidewalks for the annual parades in the two towns to watch a collection of musical, brightly-lit floats roll past.

At the Baden parade on Saturday afternoon, families were out in force to watch Santa Claus and the rest of his entourage as a lengthy line of floats, vehicles, animals, walkers and even dancers made their way down Snyder’s Road.

New Hamburg’s evening parade spread Christmas cheer down Peel and Huron Streets, and even included a light flurry of snowflakes by the time Santa Claus had concluded the colourful procession.

The New Hamburg Concert Band played merry tunes, and the usual turnout included the New Hamburg Firebirds Jr. C hockey team, Kitchener-Conestoga’s MP Harold Albrecht and MPP Michael Harris, and Wilmot Township’s mayor Les Armstrong and other councillors.

Two more local parades are on the way this weekend with Wellesley hosting their “Christmas Tyme in Wellesley” on the evening of Friday, Dec. 9. Events start at 4 p.m. and include a parade at 6:45 and a Tree of Light and caroling at 7:30 p.m.

St. Agatha’s parade starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 10. New Dundee’s Santa Claus Parade will be Dec. 18, starting at approximately noon.