The Town of Cobourg has announced what they are doing for the Christmas season – let me expand on that and list what’s happening (and not) this Christmas. First, you have to see the lights in Victoria Park. Because they are limited to just the South section, there are more lights per square foot (or is it cubic foot?) so they are truly impressive – I’d say they are the best in some years. Skating is now available in Rotary Park although the transit shelter will be closed – instead you will be able to change your skates at the benches scattered around the rink. Capacity limit was set to 25 skaters – but is now 10. It’s open between 8 am to 9 pm daily, weather permitting. [Update – news rules coming for the Outdoor rink – see new post]. Since the CCC is closed until 23 January, there will be no free arena skating.
Usually at this time, there is a Concert by the Concert Band of Cobourg in Victoria Hall but that didn’t happen. [But see added info below].
And the Mayor’s Levee on New Year’s Day will be virtual. The Town will be releasing a pre-recorded video on New Year’s Day at 12 noon on the Town’s YouTube Channel that will feature the Concert Band of Cobourg, a poetry reading from Poet Laureate Jessica Outram, a cry from Town Crier Mandy Robinson and Mayor Henderson speaking to the highlights of 2020. In previous years, Weston Bakery provided free Christmas fruit cake but they have shut down in Cobourg and their premises are now occupied by Baxter’s Bakery. So this year, Baxter’s Bakery will be giving away 100 delicious baked goods. It’s first come, first served – sign up at www.cobourg.ca/treats, get notified of where you can pick up your cake and enjoy on New Year’s Day. [Update because of lockdown – Baxter cake treat has been cancelled]
We know that the Santa Parade didn’t happen so instead the usual participants were invited to provide static floats. The Grinch must have been having an influence since there were only two entries The AGN (with a small float in front of the Library on King Street) and a group of 10 who usually participated who put together a Santa’s WorkShop in Victoria Park (see Photo).
Cobourg’s Community Events organizer Jackie Chapman-Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. organized a Home Decoration Challenge Driving Tour. Go to this link to access an online map of a number of homes in Cobourg with impressive Christmas light displays. (Note remember to turn off your ad-blocker to see it).
New Year’s Eve Fireworks and “First Night” celebrations will not happen this year.
You can of course watch TV or Netflix or You-Tube etc. and some restaurants are open for Christmas lunch or dinner but no more than 6 at a table. Although some things are limited, there’s still lots happening. Christmas is still Christmas.
Concert Band of Cobourg
2020 Virtual Concerts
This presentation was put together from last year’s concert as well as a few groups in the band that were able to get together over the past few months.
Concert Band of Cobourg 2020 Virtual Christmas Concert