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Old Fashioned Christmas Walk celebrates 30th anniversary this evening

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Friday’s Old Fashioned Christmas Walk is a milestone for the annual event as it celebrates its 30 anniversary.

Coincidentally, the event is also taking place on the 30th of the month.

To prepare several blocks of Main Street for the thousands of pedestrians that will descend on the area this evening, barricades will start going up at street intersections shortly after the noon hour.

Jeff Serran, the Executive Director of the Downtown Improvement Area, says the early installation of the barricades gives organizers time to start weeding out motor vehicle traffic from the downtown.

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Serran says Main Street is closed from where Algonquin meets Main at the parkette where the tree lighting takes place to officially start the Christmas Walk.

The closure along Main extends to Sherbrooke.

In addition, Fraser and Ferguson will be closed at McIntyre to Oak.

The one street that remains open that crosses Main is Wyld and that’s to accommodate city buses.

The Christmas Walk begins with the Scollard Hall Marching Band leading the dignitaries to the parkette for the tree lighting at 6:00pm.

Serran says there’s plenty of music during the evening provided by a jazz band, symphony and the VOX choir.

Returning activities include the snow rail jam organized by Cheapskates, the horse and wagon rides, plus North Bay Hydro is back with its bucket rides.

New is a fireworks display by the museum to bring the 30th edition of the Old Fashioned Christmas Walk to an end.

It’s scheduled for about 8:30pm.

Also throughout the evening, the public can drop by the Moose radio station to record Christmas greetings that the Moose will air during the Santa Fund Radiothon on December 6th and 7th.

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