November 5, 2020
Great news from the Rotary Club of Guelph. The COVID Grinch is NOT stealing our Christmas 2020! 
In fact, we are DOUBLING our Christmas celebrations this year to bring enjoyment to the community and support for local charities with both Rotary Sparkles in the Park and Rotary Has Christmas In The Bag.
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Our wonderful annual celebration is going ahead at Riverside Park for the 22nd year in a row, albeit a bit differently this year to increase safety for our visitors and the volunteers who make this signature Guelph event happen. 
  • Sparkles 2020 will be a drive-through event, from December 19-31 each evening. 
  • Visitors will be asked to stay in their cars and no walk-abouts will be permitted, to increase safety and control the numbers in the park. 
  • All displays will be moved closer to the roadway with increased visibility of signage. 
  • Cash and tap-donations at the gate will be accepted. 
  • Online donations with tax receipts will be available. 
  • We are working on a ‘pass’ for multiple entries.
  • Sadly, due to COVID-19 requirements, we will not have the usual New Year’s Eve fireworks and nor will the carousel be operating this year. 
  • Rumours are that Santa will be present several times for the children young and old to view from the car. 
  • Watch for more details right here on our Rotary Club of Guelph website.
  • Excellent sponsorship opportunities are available. Email for details.  
This is a brand new offering from our club, and might even become a new annual tradition! It began with us brainstorming how we could help local small businesses negatively affected by COVID and also raise more funds to help more charities during these difficult times.
Each gift bag will be a culinary treat filled with gourmet food: Chef Scotty’s Whiskey Mustard and Moonshine Barbecue Sauce, Favoris Fondue Chocolate, Planet Bean Yuletide Blend Coffee, Dixons Spirits, Olive Experience Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, along with an Award Winning Mediterranean Cookbook. Also included is The Gift Of Guelph Coupon Booklet worth hundreds in savings at local restaurants and small businesses, making this a deal at just $100, in honour of 100 years of Rotary … and including a $40 tax receipt!  All proceeds will go to local charities, where needs are higher than ever in this COVID year. 
Order bags online here by December 5, 2020.  Bags can be picked up on Saturday, December 12 between 2 and 5pm with convenient curbside delivery from outside the Food4Kids Guelph location at 503 Imperial Road N. in Guelph. Bags that need to be hand-delivered by Rotary will go out around 13-15 December at scheduled times for buyers who are unable to arrange self pick-up, or have ordered large quantities and need help in receiving them. 
What a great way for individuals, businesses and other organizations to plan ahead and say "I have Christmas In The Bag" this year, while also supporting our local community! Email for more details, if required.