Celebrating a pandemic Christmas means doing some things different, even while doing some of the same things as they do in other years.
“The holidays are a special time to celebrate family traditions and make new memories,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. “This year, the holiday season is looking a lot different because of the pandemic. Health officials have asked everyone to slow down, and avoid interactions with others. Our parks have a number of safe, physically distanced activities available to enjoy with your immediate household.”
Many provincial parks are offering Christmas programs, and Candle Lake is keeping up its Festival of Lights tradition on multiple days.
Before Christmas, the display will be on December 18 and 19 and after Christmas from Boxing Day until New Year’s Eve.
New this year, JT’s Tasty Treats at Pike Lake and Gator’s Grub in Candle Lake will be offering food services during the festivals and will be operating in accordance to safety regulations outlined by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Pike Lake near Saskatoon is also holding a festival of lights and in southern Saskatchewan, the Cypress Hills Provincial Park is allowing visitors to pick out and cut down their very own Christmas tree.
Signage is in place throughout the parks to remind visitors of the safety protocols and restrictions in place.
In addition to signage, Sask Parks staff will be implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures and minimizing in-park contact where possible.
Visitors are asked to maintain physical distance from others, adhere to the mandatory mask-use policy while indoors, respect the restrictions and rules that are in place and to stay home if not feeling well.