There are all kinds of activities in store for the holiday season in Hawkesbury, including a Santa Claus Parade, a drawing contest as well as swimming and skating.

In the spirit of giving, the Town of Hawkesbury is launching its second annual “Donation for a Swim” campaign. From December 3 to 16, the town’s recreation department will offer free entry to public swims at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex in exchange for a donation of a non-perishable food item; all donations will be given to the Hawkesbury Central Food Bank for its Christmas Basket Campaign.

The annual Christmas Parade will take over the streets of Hawkesbury on December 1, 2018. Departing from Higginson Street and continuing on James and Main Streets, the parade will end at the corner of Hamilton Street, so make sure you bring the kids to say hello to Santa and to participating Hawkesbury organizations. Thanks to the more than 30 floats and marching bands, the streets will be animated with Christmas characters. And who can forget the elves, who will be collecting your letters to Santa. There will be a temporary road closure for Higginson, James, Main and Hamilton Streets, so everyone is asked to ensure that their vehicles are not parked on these streets between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Once again this year, the town is hosting colouring contest with a pool party and slide at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex as the prize. The prize value is $135. All children have to do is colour the drawing which can be obtained at the sport complex information desk or by printing it from the Town of Hawkesbury recreation Facebook page. After your child has coloured the drawing, please bring it to the sports complex before December 19.

The sports complex holiday hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from December 22 to January 6. Stop by to swim, to skate or to play hockey with friends and family. There is more information about the holiday schedule on the Facebook page, but please note that the sports complex will be closed from December 24 to 26 and from December 31 to January 2.

For information, visit the Town of Hawkesbury website at: