This year’s candlelight parade is going to look a little different. Organizers are changing the format with the floats becoming static and people touring around the displays. / File Photo

This year’s candlelight parade is going to look a little different. Organizers are changing the format with the floats becoming static and people touring around the displays. / File Photo

Mission Candlelight Parade ‘in reverse,’ begins on Dec. 4

Floats will be static at Mission Raceway Park while spectators drive by

The annual Mission Candlelight Parade is less than a month away and organizers are busy sorting through the details of this year’s modified version. The parade will be held on Dec.4 and Dec. 5.

It’s going to look much different this year, as the organizers follow the advice of Fraser Health to keep it safe during COVID-19 times.

Instead of heading down First Avenue, citizens will drive along the Mission Raceway Park, and view stationary Christmas displays set up along the track.

“The focus of the event remains the same,” said a news release from the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce. “To bring Christmas spirit and cheer to the community and of course, this includes an appearance by Santa himself.”

What hasn’t changed is the support from the local business community. Businesses and other organizations are invited to set up a light-display zone along the Mission Raceway track.

Details on how to buy tickets or get your business set up in lights can be found here.

To help mitigate the costs, there will be a nominal fee of $10 per car load for the event. The proceeds will go to the Christmas Bureau, St. Joseph’s Food Bank, and the Chamber’s annual student bursary.

Tickets will be available beginning Nov. 12, and up to 50 tickets will also be given away through promotional contests and local charities to help ensure no one is excluded from the opportunity.

Pay-It-Forward tickets will also be available for sale for those who want to “give” a little more this season.

To find out more about sponsorships and display zones contact Harleen Sohi at 604-410-1516 or at events@missionchamber.bc.ca.

“This event is very dependent on strong partnerships and generous sponsors within the community,” reads the news release. “Having the support of the District and the Mission Raceway has made this event possible and we would like to not that there is no such thing as too many lights or too many displays.”

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