London area events: Metro's best bets for Nov. 8-9
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Santa's joy, somber ceremonies and hidden history — that should be enough to keep you going this weekend.
These are our best bets for whiling away the next couple of days. Have something you'd like to pitch for the future? It's as easy as giving us a shout.
Ho, Ho, Ho!
There better be any pouting, but we’ll give you permission to shout all you want — Santa Claus is coming to London.
(Whoot to that!)
With a theme of Eh Canadian Christmas the London Santa Claus starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tons of floats, bands and other entertainment will escort the Jolly Old Elf himself into town.
Close to 100,000 are expected to line the parade route, organizers say, for one of the best years yet.
Donations will be collected along the way for the London Food Bank and the Salvation Army’s Christmas toy drive.
Here’s the route.
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Hardy har har hilarity
With names like Natasha Boomer and Kerry Griffin on the bill, this is sure to be a right down riot.
The Canadian Comedy Award Winners — along with a full list of others — are coming to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre on Saturday for a night of improv.
It’s called Keep the Comedy Coming, and that’s exactly what the cast is promising to do.
The pre-show starts at 7 p.m. with the main act at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and a cash wine bar will be on offer.
Eldon House secrets
There’s always a lot on display at Eldon House.
But, did you know there’s special areas people rarely get to see?
Well, there are and this is your chance to be one of the lucky few in on the best-kept-secrets at London’s oldest home.
Eldon House is pulling out all the stops Saturday for a special tour called, appropriately, Behind the Ropes.
It runs from 10 a.m. to noon and costs $20.
If that’s a too-early-on-a-Saturday type of thing for you, maybe this is more your speed.
On Sunday, Eldon House is hosting historian Joe O’Neil who’s promising to share even more secrets.
Starting at 2 p.m., O’Neil will take people through London during the American Civil War. Using period documents, including the Harris Diaries, O’Neil’s promising a look inside a piece of local history that’s rarely mentioned.
Admission is by donation.
Remembering the fallen
Remembrance Day is Tuesday but legions in Byron and Lambeth are getting an early start.
Byron will mark its annual parade at 1 p.m. followed by a ceremony at the legion (1276 Commissioners Rd. W.).
The Lambeth event in on a Sunday with a short parade along Main Street starting at 11:45 a.m.
A ceremony will follow at noon at the cenotaph on Colonel Talbot Road. Lunch will be served at the Lambeth Legion (7097 Kilbourne Rd.).