Dazzling parade to light up Cloverdale Sunday


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

Pedestrian in critical condition after South Surrey crash identified

RCMP said they have been in contact with the woman’s family

Tourism report gives White Rock high marks

Surveys indicate parking, walkability and restaurants are priorities for visitors

Beach House Theatre auditioning for 2018 season

Summer lineup a Neil Simon farce and an ‘electric’ adventure for children

Finding Success: It’s not Delta’s students, it’s the system

The Delta School District is re-examining what it can do to support its Indigenous students

Rhythmic gymnasts set for competition at Cloverdale Fairgrounds this weekend

Elegant, artistic sport a great way to build self-confidence, says coach

VIDEO: Climber ‘catches the sunrise’ over city atop B.C. crane

Police warn ‘rooftopping’ poses risk to climber, public and first responders

VIDEO: ‘Big time disappointment’ as Vancouver Giants fall to undermanned Kelowna Rockets

Head coach Jason McKee very unhappy with effort in Giants’ regular season home finale

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

Experts are speaking out following the murder of a woman and her son in Ontario

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Northern lights chasers in Canada discover new type named ‘Steve’

Phenomenon linked to a powerful current created by charged particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Delta South MLA calls high-speed rail study a ‘crazy announcement’

‘You’d be better off to move to Seattle’ than to travel to Vancouver from the Lower Mainland

Washington state backs B.C. in pipeline dispute

Governor Jay Inslee says he is ‘allied’ with the province on Trans Mountain expansion projection

SAY WHAT? Readers weigh in on high-speed rail to U.S.

B.C. to contribute $300,000 to a million-dollar business study on the proposed project

Most Read