The annual Santa Claus Parade in downtown Kamloops will be held on a different day of the week and one week earlier than usual this year — and the event will be moving to the evening from the morning.
The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, which organizes the annual event that draws thousands of people to the downtown core, has decided to move the parade to a Sunday and have it begin in the late afternoon.
This year’s Santa Claus Parade will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17, beginning at 4 p.m.
“This year, Downtown Kamloops and TRU want to elevate the magic of Christmas in Kamloops by moving the event to the evening,” said Carl DeSantis, the KCBIA’s executive director, noting the parade was moved up a week to avoid conflict with the Nov. 24 Grey Cup game.
Thompson Rivers University will be title sponsor for the third year. The theme of the 2019 parade is the Power of Community, which is intended to reflect TRU’s values of community and sustainability. The planning and judging criteria for floats and the overall celebration itself will mirror the theme.
While the day, week and time has changed, the parade route will remain the same.
Santa Claus and his elves and all the floats will travel through the downtown, starting from Second Avenue and St. Paul Street and ending at Victoria Street and Sixth Avenue.
The event will start with Welcome Santa for the kids at 3:15 p.m., followed by the parade from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The parade will be followed by a Christmas tree lighting, games and hot beverages at St. Andrews on the Square, which is the site of the Big Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre’s second annual Bright Lights for our Children & Youth event.
The tree lighting is set for 6:15 p.m.
Applications for float participants are now open. Click here for more information.