Right after the Vancouver Christmas Market opens, the largest Christmas event in Vancouver will take place. The annual Santa Claus Parade attracts over 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver to marvel in the holiday spirit.
The Parade has more than 3,500 participants. This year’s Parade will feature more than 65 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups.
COAST CAPITAL SAVINGS CHRISTMAS SQUARE:
The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with two and a half hours of family entertainment at the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Christmas Square includes the Food Bank drop-off zone, gingerbread decorating station, face painting, Letters to Santa station, balloon twisting, and an entertainment stage featuring several music and dance performances. (10:30 am-1 pm)
The Parade is one of the largest food and fund raising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Since 2004, the Parade has collected $110,000 and more than 67,380 lbs. of food for hungry families in the Lower Mainland. On Parade day, we encourage spectators to bring a monetary or non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank. For each dollar donated, the food Bank can purchase three dollars’ worth of food.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm
The Parade is in downtown Vancouver, located just blocks from the Burrard, City Centre, Granville and Waterfront SkyTrain stations.
The Parade starts at Georgia and Broughton, travels east on Georgia to Howe, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Davie. (1.8 kms)