FALCONER – Christmas is coming early this year as the Santa Parade returns to the Village of Falconer.
Presented by the Rotary Club, the parade is set for Saturday, November 20th and is part of a long-standing tradition that goes back over fifty years with “Santa’s House” as a focal point.
After “traveling” the village for several years, the house found a permanent home in Coleson Park in the 1980s. The park is dedicated and named after longtime Santa, Walter (Bud) Coleson
Nina Gustafson, current Rotary Club President, and her husband Alan Gustafson, parade organizer, are thrilled to bring the parade back this year.
“This year the parade has actually grown from previous years,” boasts Mr. Gustafson. “There’s several more floats that we’ve never had before, we have the Falconer/ Frewsburg marching band that will be here this year, elected officials, the Henry Mosher Post color guard, they will be here. Blue Star Mothers. Of course Fire Departments, what’s a parade without a fire truck? There’s a lot of local businesses that have jumped in.”
Though the parade was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, this has only encouraged parade organizers to make this year’s event the best yet.
“This year we’re having the parade at five in the evening, this is new for us,” says the Rotary Club President. “We normally had the parade during the day. This year it’s at five, it’s after the bazaar, the holiday bazaar, which is from nine to three at the Fire Hall. The Fireman’s Auxiliary sponsors that every year. And the children will be able to see Santa after the parade, and while they’re waiting to see Santa we have a petting zoo for them, which is very exciting for the kids to be able to see that and see Santa.”
Patrons can also indulge in the 3 Cs Catering food truck while they wait to see Mr. Claus. The Firemen’s Auxiliary’s Holiday Bazaar will include crafts, games, and face painting for the children.
“After the parade, we always have the children come and they can sit on Santa’s lap and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and tell them what they want for Christmas.”
Alan says that nearly two-dozen groups have contributed to the event, and there is still time to help.