Is it too soon to be talking about winter activities and the holiday season? This year, COVID-19 and Christmas could overlap and one Canadian city is already changing a classic holiday event. There will be a reverse Santa Claus parade because of the pandemic.
COVID-19 isn't stopping Santa Claus from coming to town this winter but he will be doing it in a different way.
On November 21, the annual holiday parade in Moncton, New Brunswick will be pretty unique because it'll be in reverse.
People usually gather along streets, sit on curbs or bring chairs to cozy up on and watch the floats drive by.
This year the floats will be parked in a stationary route and people will be the ones driving through.
This will let people keep a safe distance from others and see all the holiday-themed floats and the big guy himself from the comfort of their own cars.
Maybe drive-thru Santa Claus parades will be all the rage this holiday season!
The theme for this year's parade is A North Pole Bubble Party as people young and old head out with their household bubble to see the sights.
All the details about the parade haven't been finalized yet. Organizers are still working on figuring out things like how people will enter, how families without their own cars can attend and a sensor-friendly version.
Robert Gallant, the sponsorship coordinator for the parade, told the CBC that it will start at 4:00 p.m. which is an hour earlier than usual.
That's because it will probably take longer for all the cars to go through.
Moncton seems to be ahead of the rest of the country by thinking about Christmas when other places are still wondering how Halloween will go this year.
Better safe than sorry though!
You might think it's too early for winter and anything holiday-related but it's only a matter of time. Some places in Canada have already seen snow.
Frost advisories were put in place for northern Ontario on the morning of September 11.