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While Santa has traditionally been spotted waving at the crowds as he passes through Southampton and Port Elgin for their respective Christmas parades, the 2020 events will look a little different due to COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19 and to ensure social distancing, the Saugeen Shores Santa Claus parades are turning things upside down, or more aptly “reversed.”

In a November 19 media release from the Saugeen Shores Santa Claus Parade Committee, the adapted parades will feature a stationary display of floats and vehicles with spectators being given an opportunity to drive through and view the display. This year's theme is “Winter Nights and Christmas Lights”.

The Port Elgin parade is set to take place on Saturday, November 28 at 7 p.m. on Bruce Street, with spectators entering on Devonshire Road and exiting at Joseph Street.

The Southampton parade will happen the following Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m. on Victoria Street, with spectators entering at Clarendon Street and exiting at High Street.

"We hope you will join us, as we bring holiday cheer to our community. Due to health and safety, no pedestrian spectators will be allowed for this drive-thru only event," read the media release.

Spectators are asked to drive slowly, use caution, stay in their vehicle and follow the directions of parade volunteers along the drive-thru route. The general rules for participating in the parade and a mandatory participation waiver are available at

"The Saugeen Shores Santa Claus Committee has been working closely with Grey Bruce Public Health, Saugeen Shores Police and the Town of Saugeen Shores to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators," the release continued.

A mailbox for letters to Santa will be on hand and Thorncrest Outfitters will be collecting donations to the Salvation Army Food Bank. "Thank you to Bruce Power for their support in upgrading Santa’s sleigh," the release said.