Ponoka cancels Santa Claus parade

PONOKA – Santa Claus Parade is cancelled but a Virtual Tree Lighting and Christmas Light Tour is planned for Dec. 4.

In consultation with the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce, the town has cancelled the Santa Claus parade due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony for the town Christmas tree located at the old Town Hall site in downtown Ponoka will be held as a virtual event livestreamed on the town’s Facebook page on Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.

“The town’s new Christmas Light Tour, the virtual tree lighting, and the expanded light display at Centennial Park are a few of the fun, COVID-friendly alternative activities that the town is working hard to provide this
holiday season for the enjoyment of our residents,” said Andrew Jones, Town of Ponoka Recreation Coordinator on Nov. 27.

Other COVID-19 measures

The Ponoka Arena Complex and Curling Rink are temporarily closed. The Outdoor Rink (ODR) at the Arena remains open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with a maximum of 10 people allowed on the ice surface at once.

ODR users are asked to limit the length of their time on the ice during each visit to allow other users to use the facility. The change room at the northeast corner of the Arena is closed to public use until further notice.

The Ponoka Aquaplex remains open with existing restrictions continuing until further notice, including the temporary cancellation of swim lessons, Junior Lifeguard Club and Aquafit classes. Lane swimming, public swim and family swim are still being offered with occupancy numbers at the facility limited to a maximum of 20 visitors at a time.