File photo. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

File photo. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Almost Midnight Madness almost here

Prepare, Ponoka shoppers: Almost Midnight Madness is almost here.

The premier shopping event of the year, the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce’s Almost Midnight Madness event, will take place on Nov. 20.

This year will also mark the second annual Santa Claus Parade.

The town is partnering with the chamber for the parade and Light Up Ponoka.

This year, in order to allow for physical distancing, the parade route has been expanded, and it will start at the arena parking lot rather than Ponoka Physio to allow more room for staging.

The parade will start at about 5 p.m. at the arena complex and travel to 46 Ave. passed the IGA complex, then north on Railroad St. (50 St.) to 51 Ave. to the post office, then head south on 51 St. to the Ponoka Community Market (old library) on 48 Ave. in time for the tree lighting at about 5:30 p.m.

The parade will pause to drop off some dignitaries for the lighting, which will be held next to the old library site, before continuing on its way back to the arena.

The parade will be lead by the RCMP in front.

Chamber executive manager Heather Bendera says Santa usually brings up the rear of the parade, however, the chamber is still waiting on confirmation if he will be able to make an appearance.

“We’re still waiting to see if Santa can make it down from the North Pole,” said Bendera.

“COVID-19 restrictions has made it a little difficult for Santa this year.”

The first parade had about 30 entries, and Bendera says the chamber is hoping for the same amount, if not more, this year.

If you wish to enter the parade, contact the chamber at 403-783-3888.

A parade route map is available on www.ponoka.ca.

Participating businesses will be offering deals all evening.

It’s up to the different businesses to decide how they want to participate, and the event is not exclusive to chamber members, says Bendera.

Shoppers will get a double stamp in their Passport to Christmas though, on Nov. 20, at participating businesses.

Passport to Christmas starts Nov. 12 and goes to Dec. 26.

The Ponoka Community Market will also be going in the Old library building. The Christmas markets will be at the Ponoka Jubilee Library (5605-50 Street).

Ponoka County and the Town of Ponoka are sponsoring fireworks over the river valley at 8:30 p.m.

“Thank you to the town and county for sponsoring the fireworks and for helping the chamber with this event,” said Bendera.

The town is encouraging citizens who come to watch the parade and participate in the festivities to wear a mask and to follow all provincial guidelines, such as physical distancing.

The town will so be live-streaming the parade and three lighting for those who would like to watch from home.

A light display will also be featured at Lions Centennial Park on Hwy. 2A.

Ponoka News food drive

Make sure to bring by a non-perishable food item to Ponoka News for our food drive benefiting the Ponoka Food Bank.

Those who make a donation, of either a food item or of cash, will be able to choose a gift certificate from our tree from participating businesses.

Town of Ponoka

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed eight additional virus-deaths Monday afternoon including one in central zone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Central zone up to 1,249 active COVID-19 cases

Red Deer sits at 257 active COVID-19 cases

t
Outbreaks declared in Ponoka, Camrose County

COVID-19 update as of Dec. 1, 2o20

<strong>Downton Skating Plaza:</strong> Preparation for the town’s tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 4 has begun, after which the area will be turned into a skating plaza. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
New outdoor skating plaza being built in downtown Ponoka

To help bring some holiday cheer to residents, the Town of Ponoka… Continue reading

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed eight additional virus-deaths Monday afternoon including one in central zone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
New record: Red Deer at 236 active COVID cases

One more death in central zone reported

Ponoka Red Apple. (Photo submitted)
Ponoka Red Apple’s toy drive has begun

Store is partnering with Ponoka Secondary Campus’ Santa’s Anonymous to distribute donations

Idyllic winter scenes are part of the atmosphere of the holiday season, and are depicted in many seasonal movies. How much do you know about holiday movies? Put your knowledge to the test. (Pixabay.com)
QUIZ: Test your knowledge of holiday movies and television specials

The festive season is a time for relaxing and enjoying some seasonal favourites

Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston
‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Anticipated demand for Christmas trees has sparked a rush by some to purchase more trees wholesale

A scene from last year’s Light the Night fundraiser at the Stettler Town and Country Museum. This year’s rendition is on a drive-through basis only, but it still promises to be a not-to-be-missed seasonal highlight. (Independent file photo)
Stettler Town and Country Museum hosts ‘Light the Night’

This year’s rendition is drive-through only, but will still prove to be a dazzling display

(Black Press File Photo)
Rimbey woman gathering Christmas gifts for seniors at Valleyview Manor

Margaret Tanasiuk says she doesn’t want anyone to feel forgotten on Christmas morning

Paramedics register patients at a drive through, pop-up COVID-19 test centre outside the Canadian Tire Centre, home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, in Ottawa, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. A new poll suggests most Canadians aren’t currently worried that people in other countries might get a COVID-19 vaccine first. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Canadians not worried other countries will get COVID-19 vaccine first: poll

Forty-one per cent of respondents say they want the vaccine to be mandatory for all Canadians

Fossil finds at Mt. Stephen. (Photo: Sarah Fuller/Parks Canada)
Extreme hiking, time travel and science converge in the Burgess Shale

Climb high in the alpine and trace your family tree back millions of years – to our ocean ancestors

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland listens to a question from a reporter on the phone during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Spending too little worse than spending too much, Freeland says as Canada’s deficit tops $381B

‘The risk of providing too little support now outweighs that of providing too much’

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Rock Soup Craig Haavalsen is sleeping in a tent outside Rock Soup’s location until the Go Fund Me for Rock Soup raises $10,000. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Putting normalcy into asking for help: New non-profit sets up in Wetaskiwin

Rock Soup non-profit is a new secular Food Bank putting down roots in Wetaskiwin.

Most Read