Dazzling parade to light up Cloverdale Sunday

Dazzling

It’s one of the easiest ways to get caught up in the festive, seasonal spirit – Surrey’s Santa Parade of Lights, brightening up downtown Cloverdale a week from Sunday.

Floats decorated with lights will set fire to the night sky and draw thousands of spectators into the festive town centre, decked out for Christmas.

It might be a good idea to get there early. As many as 7,000 people braved frigid, sub-zero temperatures to watch last year’s parade, organizers say.

Some lined up as much as 45 minutes in advance to stake out good viewing spots.

It’s a traditional parade, but it’s dazzling.

With floats, marching bands, antique vehicles and horses, plus a procession of big rig trucks – all decorated with eye-popping garlands of Christmas lights and other spectacular decorations.

Bring your glow sticks! And warm blankets.

Rain or shine, the parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Cloverdale Rodeo fairgrounds, then winds its way though the festive, historic downtown, along 176A and 176 Streets to 56A Avenue and then back to Hawthorne Square for a traditional tree lighting ceremony.

The real star of the parade is the guest of honour, Santa Claus, who will arrive in style, along with a special, to-be-announced guest.

Be sure to bring along non-perishable food items. Donations of food and toys are graciously accepted along the parade route on behalf of the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

The spectacular parade is such a draw, it’s attracting spectators from outside the city of Surrey. The same goes for parade participants, with a large contingent of semi trucks from Vancouver Island once again taking part, including some trucks from Main Road Contracting, which has its head office in Cloverdale.

Expect dogs, golf carts, racehorses, clowns, baton-twirlers, floats, sports teams, businesses, semi trucks, classic cars, local Scouts, savvy politicians and even transit buses decorated Rudolph-style.

You’re advised to dress warmly.

Along with local restaurants in the area,

There will be refreshments for sale such as hot chocolate, popcorn and even chili, along with the fare at local restaurants along the way.

It’s organized by the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association and the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce along with other parade sponsors.

For more information, call 604-576-3155 or 604-574-9802.

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP are looking for 47-year-old Audra Jager

Reports say she is easily confused and disoriented because of previous head injury.

READERS REACT: Surrey School District refuses to rent Bell Centre for Parents United Canada rally

There’s been a wealth of responses ever since the ‘pretending to be gay’ story broke earlier this month

UPDATED: Gunfire erupts in quiet Langley neighbourhood early this morning

Police have 79A Avenue cordoned off after reports of shots just before 5 a.m.

PHOTOS: South Surrey community celebrates Canada 150

First Nations, provincial and city officials host tree-planting event

70 years of marriage

South Surrey family faced difficult times after arriving to Canada by boat 60 years ago

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Holy Heritage Rail Batman: Superheros come to Cloverdale historic train

The Fraser Valley Heritage Rail is hosting its third annual Halloween rail adventure Oct 28, 29

Surrey Eagles prep for road tilt with first-place Vernon Vipers

After a Friday night game against Wenatchee, the Birds take aim at BCHL leaders Saturday

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Most Read