On Nov.14 and 15, Country Heritage Park will sparkle with festive lights when it showcases the 2009 edition of its Heritage Parade of Lights.
The park becomes a blaze of dancing festive lights. Over 30 tractors and pieces of vintage farm machinery decorated with coloured lights mark the beginning of the festive season at the park will journey through the roads of the rural heritage village, past the John Deere dealership, the Ford Garage, and the Nassagaweya school house to children waiting for the arrival of the first parade float.
Then the heated Gambrel barn features Santa Claus and refreshments.
General Manager of the Park Reg Cressman, said, “What makes this parade special is that guests can see the whole parade move at once. Traditionally, one would stand along a street and watch one float pass by at a time.
At Country Heritage Park viewing stations permit guests to see the whole parade light up and start to move and as each unit passes by it is framed in a sea of lights created by other floats moving in the background.
“It’s spectacular and different than any other parade I have seen.”
All floats are made by the volunteers of the park. Once again this year, the parade will be led by the Halton Regional Police, Milton Fire Department, and the St. John Ambulance. Gates open at 5:30 and the parade starts at 6pm. Following the parade everyone is invited to the gambrel barn for cookies and hot beverages. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to receive Christmas wish lists.
Tractor drawn wagons will be available to take guests for a close look at parade floats and the many Park heritage buildings that will be decorated for Christmas.
Admission is a voluntary cash donation. Proceeds will go to support the ongoing educational programs offered by Country Heritage Park.
It is located at 8560 Tremaine Road in Milton. For directions and information on other programs, go to www.countryheritagepark.com.