The City of Richmond Hill has "regretfully" announced the cancellation of November and December 2020 events due to continued challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release today.
The following annual events have been cancelled or postponed:
- Veterans Day Ceremony (in-person cancelled; virtual tribute planned)
- Christmas Parade (cancelled)
- Chili Cook-Off (tentatively postponed to February 2021)
- Breakfast with Santa (cancelled)
"These events have traditionally drawn large crowds in congested areas, making it difficult to adhere to Governor Kemp’s executive orders pertaining to gatherings and to respect physical distancing recommendations by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)," the release stated.
“The decision to cancel these beloved Christmas events was not made lightly. This would have been the City of Richmond Hill’s 25th annual Christmas parade. However, it’s important for us to prioritize the long-term health and safety of our attendees, participants and staff,” said Mayor Russ Carpenter. “Knowing that these events are a cherished part of holiday traditions, city staff has spent months exploring possible solutions. We will continue to navigate these challenging days with an unshakeable commitment to bring holiday magic in other creative ways to the Richmond Hill community this year.”
In early December, the City of Richmond Hill plans to have a “Very Merry Little Christmas” car parade that will drive through Richmond Hill neighborhoods and a drive-in Christmas movie event at J.F. Gregory Park. Additionally, there will be pumpkin carving and gingerbread contests judged virtually.