We want to extend a warm invitation to you and your loved ones to join us on Saturday, November 25th to kick off the holiday season together.
Let me fill you in on what's new this year and how you can be a part of the fun!
First, I'm thrilled to announce that thanks to a generous sponsor we're moving to Mel Lastman Square! There you'll find:
60+ local artisans and small businesses
Live Entertainment featuring choirs and bands of all ages
Food Trucks including Tiny Tom Donuts
Kids Crafts & Activities
Santa & Mrs. Claus!
Cram a Cruiser Food Drive - bring a non-perishable food item!
Our sidewalk Walking Parade is back, but this time, it's all along Yonge St. and starts at 5:30pm! Let's spread some cheer through the neighbourhood! And when we return to Mel Lastman Square, we'll have our first-ever Festive Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by the Yonge NorthYork BIA at 6:30pm!
Here's how you can jump into the holiday spirit with us:
ATTEND THE MARKET & PARADE
Did you know the Market is NeighbourLink's biggest fundraiser? The donations we collect from the public go directly to support our neighbours during the holiday season through our food insecurity, seniors, youth and newcomer programs!
We would love for you to RSVP for each person from your group who will join us for the market and parade. We're suggesting a $5 donation for attendees ages 13 and up, and you can also make a contribution in person at the event.
SIGN UP YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE PARADE!
Got a business and want to be part of the parade fun? It's a win-win! In exchange for a donation, your business can get in on the walking parade action. We've got three exciting levels of parade participation, which come with some cool perks like social media promotion and the chance to address the crowd at the main stage
Also, if you're looking to take your involvement up a notch, we're still looking for event sponsors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
SIGN UP YOUR SCHOOL, CHURCH OR ORGANIZATION FOR THE PARADE
Calling all school bands, church choirs, clubs, and neighbourhood organizations! We're all about community spirit, and we'd absolutely love for you to be a part of our parade. Join us, play some music, sing your hearts out, and spread that Christmas cheer with us!
Sign up below and email email@example.com with any questions.
DONATE TREES AND HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
Thinking about parting ways with your Christmas tree or oversized holiday decorations? You can give them a second life and help us create a Willowdale Wonderland at Mel Lastman Square. The best part? These decorations will go on to brighten the homes of newcomer families in North York. It's a win-win for everyone!
To arrange a donation contact Event Manager Sebastian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you're planning to attend the event or participating in the parade there are no shortage of ways to be involved. If you have a unique idea of your own, don't hesitate to reach out, we'd love to hear it! This event is extra special because it's a fantastic opportunity for us all to come together, not only to celebrate the holiday season and all the wonderful things about our community but also to make a real difference by tackling poverty and social isolation!
Stay in the loop with all the latest updates on our social media channels!
Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week!
Marketing & Event Manager
NeighbourLink North York