Support local and have fun at home this holiday season

Cornwall Tourism Column
Support local and have fun at home this holiday season

In these challenging times, supporting local is more important than ever. Fortunately, in Cornwall, it’s an easy concept to get behind. From restaurants to retailers and everything in between, Cornwall is home to an amazing mix of businesses standing ready to serve you.

There are a number of initiatives to encourage shopping locally this holiday season, starting with Shop the Blocks in Downtown Cornwall. Pick up your bingo card at one of the 20 participating businesses and shop away for a chance to win weekly prizes! For every spot filled on your bingo card, you earn a shot at winning the grand prize of a Discover Downtown package valued at over $500. The package includes dining and shopping money along with a visit to Rush Hour Escapes and a stay at Chesley’s Inn!

For those seeking a safe shopping experience without line-ups, there’s Bring Your Own Bubble (BYOB). Over a dozen retailers have agreed to open beyond their regular hours for private bubble bookings. Enjoy a VIP-style shopping experience – it’s like having the store to yourself!

You can also learn more about some of our many great businesses with Cornwall Tourism’s #LocalLove Instagram takeover. Each day, a local business is taking over the Cornwall Tourism account (@cornwalltourism) and sharing stories about what makes their establishment so great. The Shop Local website ( is another great resource to learn more about local businesses and the services they offer.

Supporting local also means celebrating your community, and there are a number of events to enjoy this holiday season right in your own backyard.

The annual Santa Claus Parade returns on Saturday, November 28th as a drive-thru event, with motorists passing along a defined route in the Civic Complex parking lot to take in the displays. That will be followed by Holiday Sparkle, a drive-thru light experience at Gray’s Creek running select nights in December. Both events are free however donations are gratefully accepted. Better yet, companies and community groups are encouraged to get involved! Visit and to find out how you can contribute to their success. There will be also be fun in store in Lamoureux Park and Guindon Park once the snow arrives, so stay tuned!

You can find out more about these initiatives as well as other business stories and events at and

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