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The man in the red suit makes his annual pre-Christmas stop in Nelson Friday

It's that time again.

Time for everyone to be on their best behaviour as Santa Claus makes his annual pre-Christmas visit to the Heritage City Friday (November 30th).

With the sled in the shop for a last-minute tune-up and the reindeer resting up for the big night, Santa is expected to employ the Nelson Fire Department and arrive on one of the engines in the 400 Block of Baker street at 6:30 p.m.

However, to get everyone in the spirit, he First Annual Elf Walk and lighting of the trees of Baker Street starts the festivities at 5:30 p.m.

For over 40 years Santa Claus has been coming to Baker Street courtesy of Nelson Fire-Department to light up the holiday trees and personally meet with the children of Nelson. 

This tradition is getting some extra excitement as organizers are encouraging people to show up on 400 block of Baker Street in their best Elf attire to show Santa their spirit of the season. 

This event was inspired by the flash mob movement and is your opportunity to not just attend, but to be a part of the fun.
 
The street will also be more vibrant as a new group have started a committee to increase Nelson’s holiday lighting presence. 

Event co-organizer Maureen Crawford notes that the addition of 10,000 lights to the downtown area will bring more cheer to the holiday season. 

“Our goal is to make the streets more festive for the holidays and we are working together with local groups and organizations to help make this a reality, we are off to an excellent start this year, you must come out to see,” said Crawford.
 
This entire event is made possible by everyone in Nelson, in particular local businesses and organizations.  Without hesitation people have donated and volunteered to help make this event successful. 

There will popcorn courtesy of Kal tire, apple cider from the Kootenay Coop, The Bridge is hosting a chili contest, Eddie`s Music is helping with sound, a visit from the Shaw Cable Polar Bear and don`t forget Santa. 

Also the Chamber of Commerce, the Cultural Alliance, the City of Nelson and the Nelson Business Association are volunteering their time to help make this event another wonderful reason to come to town.
 
“Nelson is one of my favourite places to visit. I am so impressed at how well everyone gets together to make my stay so special, especially the children.  This is one of my most inspirational stops and I’m very excited about the new additions this year,” said Santa Claus.

“I really look forward to seeing everyone dressed up in their favourite elf outfit.”

 For more information contact our Facebook page facebook.com/ElfWalk?fref=ts or call the Chamber of Commerce at 250-352-3433.