By Cecilia Nasmith
The Town of Cobourg will be hosting three days of free post-Christmas events for all ages that every citizen is invited to attend.
The Dec. 30 Mayor's Skating Party is a first for new mayor John Henderson to host. Join him at the Cobourg Community Centre (750 D'Arcy St.) for some free skating in the Bowl Arena from 1 to 2 p.m. Members of the Cobourg Cougars hockey team will be handing out hot chocolate to keep you warm. Admission is a donation of non-perishable items to the Fare Share Food Bank.
The following night, ring in the new year at First Night celebrations. This free non-alcoholic event is a family-friendly series of activities, centred around the Rotary Harbourfront Park and open to all. The location is part of the beautiful Christmas Magic set-up with more than 180,000 lights in, on and around the decorated trees and festive displays.
The rink will be open from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, with a DJ providing music for the occasion. Otherwise, the space will be turned into a dancing area.
Also from 6 to 9 p.m., horse-drawn wagon rides will leave the area loaded with passengers who will be enjoying a free ride through the downtown.
Located adjacent to the rink, Millstone Bread will be onsite selling hot chocolate and treats. The evening concludes with a 9 p.m. fireworks display over the harbour.
The next day, Mayor Henderson plays host again at the Mayor's New Year's Levee. Members of council will also be present, as well Town Crier Mandy Robinson, Poet Laureate Ted Amsden and Victoria Hall Volunteers members who will serve Christmas cake donated by Weston Bakery. The Dutch Oven is providing refreshments, and the Concert Band of Cobourg will be playing festive music.
Join them from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall at Victoria Hall (55 King St. W.).