The 2017 Mission Candlelight Parade featured more than 80 floats. This year’s event expects to attract at least that many participants. / File Photo

The 2017 Mission Candlelight Parade featured more than 80 floats. This year’s event expects to attract at least that many participants. / File Photo

Mission’s Candlelight Parade set for Friday night

Downtown will be lit up as more than 80 floats expected this year

It’s almost time for one of Mission’s most popular holiday traditions – the annual Candlelight parade.

Organized by the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, the parade will feature more than 80 floats that will brighten Mission’s downtown with lights, music and of course Santa.

The parade takes place on Friday, Dec. 7, starting at 7:30 p.m., but before that, First Avenue will be closed, cleaned and decorated, in anticipation of the arrival of Santa Claus and the largest night time Christmas parade in B.C.

The chamber along with the District of Mission and help from the Downtown Business Association hosts this annual event, now in its 34th year.

This is a great way to celebrate the merriest of seasons and to bring the community together in Christmas spirit.

This event would not happen if not for the generosity and support of the local businesses and community organizations.

Special thanks to all of our partners and emergency/safety teams including the Mission Fire Department and the Mission RCMP and Community Policing.

Don’t forget to bring your non-perishable items for the Christmas Bureau. There will be parade route collectors as well as the drop off spot at the Post Office, Pioneer Chrysler, RBC, The Stage, and Dairy Queen.