# 83 – Santa on Baker Street — Nearly Two Decades of Christmas Cheer

# 83 – Santa on Baker Street — Nearly Two Decades of Christmas Cheer

This November 29th, Join Santa, the Grinch and the Elf Parade

xmas-1Nelson has a wonderful tradition that perfectly suits its traditional main street, Baker Street. Santa on Baker Street is a nearly two decade old celebration that ushers in the Christmas season in a very special way.

Beginning with an Elf Walk, where residents and guests are encouraged to dress like an elf or put on a santa hat or alternatively, put on an “ugly” Christmas sweater and parade down to the 400 block of Baker Street to welcome Santa, the tradition continues with the arrival of Santa. He arrives with the Nelson Fire Department, who helps him out as he lights the downtown Christmas tree at 6:30 pm. Afterwards, Santa continues on to the Trading Company to meet kids, while adults stay and continue the festivities on the 400 block of Baker Street.

The Rotary Club will host sausages, burgers and hotdogs, hot chocolate and cider. Elves are encouraged to gather at 5:30, then begin to parade down to meet Santa a little after 6:00. The first year of the Elf Walk, over 1,000 people gathered to take part. This is definitely a popular celebration for Nelson, and a great, heart warming way to welcome the Christmas season.

Join Santa and the Nelson Community on Saturday, November 29, 2014

grinchThis is a truly wonderful way to start your Christmas and Holiday season off. The magic of a community gathered together to celebrate one of the biggest holidays of the year creates an aura of goodwill and community spirit that seems to carry on through the dark winter months. It’s a way to remind yourself of what is truly important during this time of year, too: being with family and friends.

We hope to see you this year at Santa on Baker Street, and hope you’ll find a sweater appropriate for the festivities. When you visit Nelson, take a look at the Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism website for information on where to stay, where to eat, and things to see and do while you are here.

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