Warm up the hot chocolate and find your spot along Victoria Street early. Ol’ Saint Nick is coming to Kamloops.
Thousands of spectators are expected to pack the downtown core Saturday morning for the 38th annual Santa Claus Parade.
The man in the red suit and his procession of more than 80 floats will embark from St. Paul Street and Second Avenue at 11 a.m. The parade will head down Second Avenue and turn on to Victoria Street, continuing all the way to the intersection with Sixth Avenue where it will wrap up.
The weather is looking great for the marquee event, with sunny skies in the forecast and temperatures expected to be about one degree Celsius.
Santa will need a bit of help getting out of bed for the parade, which is why people can stop by Kamloops Square at Second Avenue and Seymour Street to wake up Santa at 10:30 a.m.
“You got to give him a shake and get him out of bed and yell and scream and cheer until he’s ready to join the festivities,” said Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association marketing and event co-ordinator Ali Webster.
New this year following the parade, Kamloopsians can enjoy some entertainment, refreshments and photos with Ol’ Saint Nick himself at Lansdowne Village.
“There’s going to be an elfie selfie station, giant Jenga, checkers, refreshments from local businesses to keep people happy,” Webster said.
Hosted by the KCBIA, this year’s parade theme will be Retro Rockin’ Christmas.
Participants from Kamloops This Week — in celebration of its 30th anniversary — plan to be all decked out in their best gear from the 1980s.
In the spirit of the season, Kamloops resident Dave Miller has lent the newspaper his pink truck, which he uses for cancer awareness.
The truck will also be at Eye Candy Ink Tattoos on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for breast cancer awareness and the Shark Club on Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. to close out Movember, the annual fundraising campaign for men’s health.