In Pictures: The Miracle on Mackenzie

By David F. Rooney

The Miracle on Mackenzie, the event held on Saturday, December 10, to replace the tired old Santa Claus Parade proved to be a huge hit. Hundreds of people made their way downtown to Grizzly Plaza to enjoy the music, dance, children’s activities and the lighting of the beautiful Christmas tree erected by the gazebo.

I, for one, look forward to next year’s version. In the meantime, here are some images from the event:

The Miracle on Mackenzie attracted hundreds of people to the downtown core of the city. Please click on the image to see a larger version of this photo. David F. Rooney photo
The Community Band, directed by John Baker, delighted the crowd with their performance of favourite traditional Christmas carols. David f. Rooney photo
Here’s the Christmas tree set up in the Grizzly Plaza awaiting the moment when it will be illuminated by its lights. David F. Rooney photo

There were children everywhere! Many of them made crafts at the activity tables set up in the plaza and in Conversations. David F. Rooney photo

And those young ones who had excess energy burned it off running around. David F. Rooney photo
Boy, did the children get excited when Barry Ozero’s sleigh and horses arrived bearing Mrs. Claus, played by Jackie Pendergast. David F. Rooney photo
They crowded around Mrs. Claus who handed out sweet treats as she made her way to the gazebo. David F. Rooney photo
And here she is with MCs Shaun Aquiline and David Lafreniere. But where was jolly old Saint Nick? David F. Rooney photo
While Mrs. Claus patiently awaited the arrival of Saint Nick the Elevation Dance Academy distracted her by performing on stage. David F. Rooney photo
Grade Three children in Amber Thompson’s class at Arrow Heights Elementary School delighted the audience with their recital of Christmas poems they had written. David F. Rooney photo
And— finally — the man of the hour arrived and was greeted by patient lady. David F. Rooney photo
And here is our beautiful tree! The Miracle on Mackenzie event proved to be an excellent community celebration.The Current would like to thank the organizers and many volunteers and organizations that helped make it a success. Merry Christmas to all! David F. Rooney photo