On Dec. 1, First Avenue in Mission will be closed, cleaned and decorated in anticipation of the arrival of Santa Claus for the largest nighttime Christmas parade in B.C.
The Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 34th annual Candlelight Parade. The parade officially begins at 7:30 p.m., when the first float will make its way west down the street.
The parade is a long-standing tradition in Mission, put on by the business community as an opportunity to thank their patrons for years of support by shopping local.
“Our business community is strong thanks to the support of our local shoppers, and we take pride in putting on this amazing event to bring the community together to kick off the holiday season,” said David Sawatzy, chamber president.
More than 80 float entries and hundreds of participants/volunteers are expected this year to celebrate the merriest of seasons and to bring the community together.
Food donations will be collected for the Mission Christmas Bureau before the start of the parade by volunteers with dropoff locations along the parade route.
This year plan to come downtown early before the start of the parade as many of the local merchants are staying open late and offering a range of great activities, free hot chocolate and the Telus Block Party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the VIP stage located at First Avenue and Grand Street.
Residents should note that the Lougheed Highway, between Murray Street and Haig, will be closed to traffic from 6 to 10 p.m.
The parade begins at First Avenue at Horne Street and continues through the downtown core to Park Street (by McDonald’s).