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Mayor’s Report

December 2019

Season’s Greetings from City Hall

December is one of the most anticipated months of the year - it’s the month that brings families together and offers festive events throughout the city. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year that we’ve shared together as a community.

Christmas is a celebration that unites us through events, food, and tradition. Some of this excitement can be found on Saturday, December 21, while shoppers celebrate Christmas at the Market at the Welland Farmers’ Market. Bring the kids to this annual tradition to find all your Christmas trimmings and meet the people who grow your food. Or join us New Year’s Eve to close 2019 with our annual Children’s New Year’s Eve Bash.

Although Christmas decorations, parties, and music tend to be highlighted in December; other holiday traditions are celebrated throughout the city. Welland has always been a city vibrant with multiculturalism, tradition, and customs. Families celebrate Hanukkah in December with eight nights of festivities, which includes lighting the menorah candelabrum each night, and enjoying a variety of traditional foods.

Kwanzaa is a celebration of traditions and family. Kwanzaa festivities include a celebration of visual arts, music, and culture. Food is also a symbol of statement and tradition during Kwanzaa and brings an array of African favourites to the table.

These are just a few traditional family celebrations that take place among Welland families. Join your neighbours this December and discover how diversity in culture and tradition bring families and holidays together. Although we all have our own unique ways to commemorate our traditions; shared values such as joy, hope, peace, and giving, tie us all together.

On behalf of Welland City Council and City Staff, have a safe and wonderful holiday season.