BIA brings back the Christmas Crawl

Tillsonburg BIA executive director Mark Renaud, left, cheers as the town's Christmas tree is lit Friday night to kick off the Business Improvement Area's 2019 Christmas Crawl. (Chris Abbott/Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN

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It started with a few snowflakes minutes before the lighting of the Christmas Crawl Tree on the corner of Broadway and Oxford Street.

Friday’s snow ushered in a fun night of shopping, exploring and prizes from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Tillsonburg. The Christmas Crawl HQ was located at 93 Broadway where participants registered to receive their event ‘passport,’ and met with Santa.

“From there you can explore all of downtown Tillsonburg, get some awesome specials and offers…” said Karlee Slattery, BIA events and marketing co-ordinator, following the official tree lighting. “We are really excited to have 25 businesses on board for tonight and willing to make this night so festive.

“We also have a sleigh ride happening. If you head out to Station Arts, jump on there… and see all the beautiful lights – and enjoy the snow.”

“The fresh snow!” noted Mark Renaud, BIA executive director.


It started snowing just a few minutes before the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree Friday, kicking off the BIA Christmas Crawl. (Chris Abbott/Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN


“Who did I contact to get the fresh snow?” Renaud laughed. “Well, Santa always seems to deliver.

“We’ve had an up and down winter season. It is quite interesting that we are having this event tonight and literally two minutes before we turned the lights on it started to snow. I think that’s a good sign. I think that means Christmas is here, we want people to shop downtown, we want people to explore our Downtown Tillsonburg – the food, the flavours, the fun, and the fantastic entertainment we have planned tonight.”

The entertainment included Christmas caroling from the Tillsonburg Senior Centre Singers, who moved up and down Broadway sharing their musical talents.

“We’re very excited,” said Renaud. “Our team at the BIA has worked very hard with merchants to get them to stay open later, to have special offers, and we couldn’t be more excited than to lead this initiative once again, to have Tillsonburg a central place for people to have fun.”

“As we celebrate the annual lighting of the Town Christmas tree, we’d like to thank the BIA, Mark in his executive position and his team, Cedric (Tomico) and his leadership, and the board, and all the members of the BIA for accepting the responsibility, the ownership and the passion to create an extremely vibrant downtown that only continues to flourish,” said Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar.

To those gathered for Friday night’s tree lighting ceremony, Molnar invited everyone to “enjoy the sights, the sounds and the flavours of our community at this extremely special time of year.

“On behalf of Municipal Council, please enjoy the events of the evening, the Christmas Crawl up and down Broadway. Celebrate the vibrancy of our town and the great work that the BIA does.

“On behalf of this town we wish you all a very, very Merry Christmas.”