Santa's Light Parade (Doug Clement/Victoria Buzz)

Kick off the 2018 holiday season with a festive Victoria tradition – the 37th annual Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade!

This Saturday, November 24, Old Saint Nick will make an early appearance in downtown Victoria. Make sure to arrive early for a good view of the floats, bands, and entertainment, which kick off at 5:00 p.m.

The parade will run along Government Street from Belleville to Chatham Street.

Afterwards, join Santa for some free milk and cookies in Centennial Square and watch the annual Christmas Tree Light-up at 7:00 p.m. sharp!

Of course, this is also the season of giving, so why not bring a donation for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

Kick off the holiday season with a festive Victoria tradition this Saturday at 5 pm! http://bit.ly/2KffXPL

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Monday, November 19, 2018

When and Where

The 37th Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade Presented by Agropur starts at 5pm sharp at Belleville and Government and continues along Government until Chatham. Grab a seat early and head to Christmas Square (Centennial Square) for dinner.

Timeline:

  • 4:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Christmas Square
  • 5:00 p.m. – Parade begins
  • 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Tree Light Up

Be Weather Prepared

You never know what the weather will be like on parade day. Pack LOTS of layers. Gloves, scarves, hats and those lovely hand and toe warmers! Pack a thermos and a snack as well or enjoy a dinner at one of our amazing restaurants in the downtown corridor.

Best Place to Watch

No matter where you stand along the route, you will see the parade and all the amazing lights and costumes and décor! Be sure to arrive early! Spots fill up fast along the route and you will not want to miss any of the 75+ entries!

Food Donation

The Greater Victoria Festival Society are raising funds for the Mustard Seed! This season, show your love and support by bringing down your spare change and food items! Event organizers are hoping to make this the biggest season yet so please be generous and help those that cannot help themselves this season! Mustard Seed will also have a great spot in Christmas Square.

After the Parade 

After the parade, join Santa for some free milk and cookies in Christmas Square (Centennial Square) and watch the annual Christmas Tree Light-up at 7:00 p.m. sharp!

Live Stream

Can’t make it but you want to watch? Victoria Buzz is the official broadcaster of the 37th annual Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade and the entire parade will streamed live on our Facebook page. The parade will be hosted by former radio celebrities Forbes and Marshall, and Victoria Buzz’s own Nicole Bentham.

Our broadcast stage will be at Government and Courtney on the balcony of Frankie’s Diner. Our live stream has been made possible by Sitka Law Group, Fairway Markets and Townline.

 

37th Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade

  • When: Saturday, November 24th, 2018
    • 4:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Christmas Square
    • 5:00 p.m. – Parade begins
    • 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Tree Light Up
  • Where: The parade commences at Belleville and Government and continues along Government until Chatham.

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