The jolliest parade of the year returns to Downtown Vancouver with bonus events


Vancouver santa claus parade
Vancouver santa claus parade

The annual Vancouver Santa Claus Parade returns to the city for another year of festive fun.

The parade begins at West Georgia and Broughton, and then it travels east along West Georgia. It turns South on Howe, and then finishes at Howe and Davie.

It will include, “marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators.”

While the parade is free to watch, businesses and individuals may purchase seats in the VIP bleacher sections. These hosted seats provide guests with snacks and beverages, as well as a fantastic vantage point to soak in the parade. Further, these seats make a fantastic gift, or even the perfect place to hold a holiday party.

Once the parade is finished, guests may enjoy the TELUS Photos with Santa at TELUS Garden. The event takes place from 2 pm until 4 pm, and it is free. 

Guests may also enjoy starting the day with a scrumptious breakfast with Santa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Specifically, they’ll get to eat their hearts out at a beautiful buffet and then enjoy a meet and greet with the jolly man himself, Santa, before the parade begins. The delicious buffet includes a pancake and waffle station, a hot chocolate station, and a decorate-your-own gingerbread cookie station.

Prior to the parade there will be a variety of pre-parade festivities in the Christmas Square, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, from 10 am until noon.

2018 Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

When: Sunday, December 2 at noon
Where: Starts at West Georgia and Broughton