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Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc. launches the 2019 downtown holiday season!
(Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Moncton) – Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc. (DMCI) today launched the 2019 holiday season in downtown Moncton at a press conference held at the Delta Beauséjour. Many exciting activities will be taking place in the heart of the city during the weeks leading up to Christmas!
“We are thrilled to once again promote the activities occurring in the downtown and DMCI’s Downtown Moncton Gift Card this holiday season!” said Anne Poirier Basque, DMCI’s Executive Director. “These gift cards can only be used at participating downtown Moncton businesses. In addition to various restaurants, retailers and professional services they can be used at all downtown parking meters. They make great corporate or personal gifts all the while supporting our downtown businesses and encouraging local spending!”
These gift cards are only sold at the Downtown Moncton office (Assumption building next to Service New Brunswick) in a minimum denomination of $20 and a maximum denomination of $500 with a limit of $500 per person. Visit downtownmoncton.com or DMCI’s social media accounts for more information and for a list of the over 90 participating businesses.
Ray Roberge, General Manager of the Delta Beauséjour was delighted to unveil the 9-foot Gingerbread house and Nutcracker themed Gingerbread Village which has been built in the Delta Beauséjour lobby. The general public is invited to come and take family photos throughout the holiday season. There will also be drop boxes for anyone wanting to make a cash donation to the Children’s Miracle Network or to bring nonperishable food items to help support The Food Depot Alimentaire.
Mayor Dawn Arnold was on hand to invite everyone to ring in the holiday season at the City of Moncton’s annual holiday Open House at City Hall (655 Main Street) taking place on Saturday, November 23rd from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., in advance of the annual Santa Claus parade (tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.
Sophie Auffrey, Heritage Development Officer in charge of Community Relations at Resurgo Place invites everyone to ring in the holiday season with Symphony New Brunswick’s Ventus Machina at the Free Meeting House on December 1st from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The concert will be followed by a reception within the festively decorated lobby of Resurgo Place. Warm apple cider and tasty treats will be served! The event is FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item. Seating is limited and is on a first come first served basis. The museum will also be hosting its annual holiday Tea in an elegant Victorian setting at the Thomas Williams House on December 7, 8, 14 and 15. They are once again striving to offer succulent products locally made to satisfy your taste buds. Live ambient music from local artists will be provided to complement your experience! Participants are asked to RESERVE their seats in advance by calling (506) 856-4327 or by dropping in at Resurgo Place during operating hours.
Connie Melanson-Savoy, Executive Director of Inclusion Advocacy SENB, was on hand to discuss the organization’s 15th Annual TREEs for a Brighter Future campaign. This year’s Honorary Chair is retired Fire Chief and long-time supporter, Eric Arsenault. In early November, artificial trees are decorated by sponsors, are put on display and lit up in the Assomption building to help usher in the Christmas spirit in the downtown and, symbolize Brighter Futures for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The general public can place advanced bids on these trees leading up to the Annual TREEs for a Brighter Future Gala and Live Auction, which will take place on Friday, November 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Delta Beauséjour. The money raised will go to encourage inclusive communities and to ensure appropriate supports are in place for people with IDD to live, learn, work and have meaningful participation in our community.
Representing the Moncton Market, Courtney Donnelly unveiled the upcoming market activities that will be taking place this holiday season. Throughout December, customers will be given the opportunity to fill out ballots at vendors’ booths for a chance to win one of three “Market Holiday Gift Baskets.” Names will be drawn at the end of the Market day on the first three Saturdays in December (7th, 14th and 21st). Santa will also be making an appearance at the Market this holiday season. Check out the Market’s social media pages later in November for more information on dates and times of his visits. See you at the Market!
The Greater Moncton Progress Club’s annual Antler Breakfast will be held on Friday, November 22nd from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel. Funds are raised through ticket sales, sponsorship packages and on-site activities like teddy bear sales, a 50/50 draw and donations. All proceeds from this event will support local children’s charities.
The theme for this year’s Royale Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade is “Family Traditions.” On Saturday, November 23rd, the parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the corner of Cameron and Main Street in Moncton and will run to the corner of Champlain and Paul Street in Dieppe. Tim Horton’s is returning to lead the parade with one of the region’s biggest food drives of the year. Spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to help support our local food banks. Canada Post will also be walking the parade to collect letters from the children for Santa, so be sure to bring yours with you to the parade. In addition, other events leading up to and including the parade day are a Meet & Greet event with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and other parade mascots, a preview of Santa’s float and two family fun zones on parade day! For more information and details on these events, check out the Royale Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade website and Facebook page.
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Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc.