2019 Santa Claus Parade

UPDATED: Santa Claus Parade postponed due to active case numbers

Chamber: ‘Almost Midnight Madness is still on’

The Ponoka Chamber and District Chamber of Commerce’s Santa Claus Parade, that was to take place on Nov. 20, during Almost Midnight Madness, has been postponed due to targeted COVID-19 measures in place for Ponoka County.

“We’re really disapointed, as it was a great success last year and people were really excited,” said Heather Bendera, chamber executive manager.

Premier Jason Kenney announced on Nov. 12, that as of Friday, Nov. 13, short-term restrictions and measures would be in place for all regions under enhanced status.

READ MORE: Targeted measures in place for Ponoka County, Maskwacis, Wetaskiwin

Although the parade is not taking place as planned that evening, Almost Midnight Madness is still going ahead, says Bendera.

“Almost Midnight Madness is still on.”

Participating businesses will still be offering deals to shoppers, who will be receiving the double stamp in the Passports to Christmas as always.

The Town of Ponoka says that the parade and tree lighting ceremony will be postponed for two weeks and re-evaluated by early December.

“The Chamber’s Almost Midnight Madness event and the fireworks sponsored by the Town and Ponoka County for November 20 will still be happening as planned,” stated the release.

“Citizens are asked to please follow all provincial health requirements and recommendations, including physical distancing. Wearing a mask is also encouraged.”

The fireworks are to begin at about 8:30 p.m.