The countdown to Christmas hits overdrive two weekends from now in Cloverdale.
The 10th annual Surrey’s Santa Parade of Lights is set for Sunday, Dec. 6 (starting at 5 p.m.) in the historic downtown.
Surrey’s largest evening Santa parade is really two parades in one. (Trust Cloverdale to take something special and make it truly spectacular.)
The first part is a procession of lighted trucks and big rigs, including nine from Vancouver Island.
Part two is a traditional community parade, featuring horse-drawn carriages, floats, boats, church groups, Men in Kilts, tow trucks, square dancers, choirs and sports teams, plus a number of antique vehicles, mascots and more.
The parade supports two charities – the Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Christmas Bureau. Spectators are asked to bring along a donation to help these charities reach their campaign goals.
People will be collecting items and cash donations all along the parade route.
There’s an entertainment zone at Hawthorne Square (176 Street and 57A Ave.) and at 176A and 60 Ave. with vendors and music starting at 4 p.m. Grab a snack or warm up with a hot beverage, thanks to service clubs like the Cloverdale Lions and the Rotary Club of Cloverdale.
The 30-member acapella group Soundcape is performing at Hawthorne Square.
[Volunteers from the BC Vintage Truck Museum have decorated this float, an antique fire truck, to carry Santa]
A traditional tree-lighting ceremony follows the parade. Children are invited to meet Santa.
The parade starts at the corner of 176A Street and 60 Avenue, heading east to 177B Street, then south to 58 Avenue, and west to 176 Street, ending at Highway 10.
Be sure to get there early to stake out a good vantage point.
The event is organized by the Cloverdale BIA and Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce with the support of a host of parade sponsors.
To enter, visit cloverdalebia.com. Note: The application deadline is Nov. 28. Call 604-574-9802 or 604-576-3155 for more information.