Bracebridge Ontario, July 2, 2015 — Santa Claus has been spreading goodwill from his summer residence at Bracebridge’s Santa’s Village for 60 years. It’s a milestone anniversary, and the community of Bracebridge has decided to celebrate by spreading some goodwill of its own at the inaugural summer SantaFest on Saturday, July 25 (a companion of sorts to the long-running winter SantaFest at the village every December).
SantaFest is a party to honor the Jolly Elf that has put the community on the map and showcase what’s magical about this Cottage Country town located on the 45th Parallel, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole.
“Bracebridge has always been closely associated with Santa’s Village, and I felt the community needed to celebrate their 60th anniversary in style. We’ve been successful in gathering a bunch of like-minded individuals from the community to work on our SantaFest committee for what we hope will become an annual event,” enthuses Bruce Kruger, Town Crier and SantaFest Committee Chairperson.
The Committee—in partnership with Santa’s Village—plans a fun event for all ages that captures the spirit of Christmas even as the sun shines down upon Muskoka. Held in downtown Bracebridge from 10am to 5pm, SantaFest is a street fair that will include vendors, children’s entertainers such as Ronno and Johnny Toronto, gingerbread decorating, buskers, face painting, and a host of other activities ideal for the young and young-at-heart. The highlight of the day will be a special 60th anniversary parade, beginning at noon, to pay tribute to the history of Santa’s Village.
The party doesn’t end at 5pm on the 25th, though. Instead, the festivities carry over to Santa’s Village on Sunday, July 26th, where admissions will be buy one and get one free. Guests to the Village will enjoy a number of new attractions for the 2015 season, including a children’s aerial adventure park on Elves Island, wherein children as young as three traverse Christmas themed obstacles along a wire-rope constructed course, and several additions to Muskoka Zip Lines & Aerial Park, such as a jump tower and new zip lines.
“We were delighted to have been approached to support the inaugural SantaFest event this summer. The community has come together to celebrate all things “Santa”, and we are very appreciative of the tremendous support the residents of Bracebridge have shown”, declared Jamie Hopkins, General Manager of Santa’s Village
Fuel up on the eggnog beforehand, because SantaFest promises to be a weekend full of fun. For more information on SantaFest please visit www.santasvillage.ca.