KENSINGTON, P.E.I. - A seasonal spirit was very much in the hot and sticky evening air on Saturday, as families from Twin Shores Camping Area flocked to watch a bandwagon of floats featuring everything from a snowman, Gingerbread Man, and even the Grinch that couldn’t steal the spirit of the show, roll through the North Shore oceanfront grounds.
But the man the campers were most eager to see got the biggest festive cheer of the day, as Santa Claus rolled up on his sleigh waving to young and old alike.
“Christmas in July has been going on for years here, and it’s just a fun way to celebrate a very popular holiday in the summer with all of our campers and the gang because we’re not open in December,” explained Nicole Mountain, marketing officer for Twin Shores.
Campers enjoy one week of festive activities from crafts, a sandy snowman competition, candy cane hunt, Christmas karaoke, tree lighting and a parade on the final day, followed by pictures with Santa Claus.
“You name it, everything that comes with Christmas we do it here during the week,” said Mountain.
Highlights of the 40-float parade included a bright orange Mustang 1969 vehicle, horses from the North Brook Ranch, a snowman blowing snowflakes at the crowd perched on the sidelines, and two fire trucks – one from the Kensington Fire Department and one from the New London Fire Department.
“The event is just for the Park, but we have a couple of hundred watching the parade,” noted Mountain.
“It’s one of our busiest weeks here in the summer because people are so in to it, especially the kids,” she added.
The theme of Christmas continued through the Park with festive light-clad trees, poinsettias carefully placed between flowering plants and shrubs, including inflatables.
Campers Justin and Marsha Johnston, who travelled with their family from Moncton, N.B., came dressed for the occasion.
“This is our first time at Twin Shores and we love it here, the beaches are second to none. Next year we will be better prepared for the Christmas theme because we just heard about it before we left and grabbed some items from our basement for the children to wear,” said Marsha, who noted next year they will bring decorations for the site.
“It’s strange to celebrate Christmas in July, but definitely fun,” she remarked.
Molly Johnston, who was dressed in elf ears and joyfully catching candy from passing floats, announced at the end of the parade, “It was amazing! I think the horses were my favourite.”
Mountain thanked all the local businesses for their support and participation.
“It means a lot of us for them to come out and share this fun time with everyone.”