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

The 37th annual Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade presented by Agropur will officially be broadcasted by Victoria Buzz in partnership with Roll.Focus. Productions.

This Victoria winter staple is organized, as always, by the Greater Victoria Festival society, and this year, the event will be produced, directed, and streamed live on the Victoria Buzz Facebook page.

Our broadcast will utilize multiple high definition cameras to bring a crystal clear view of the downtown core as it buzzes with excitement.

The parade will be hosted by former radio celebrities Forbes and Marshall, and Victoria Buzz’s own Nicole Bentham.

“We have both been involved in the parade over the years as part of our radio career,” says Michael Forbes (of Forbes and Marshall).

“So when we were asked to host the show this year, we couldn’t have been more thrilled and excited to be a part of it. It’s by far a huge tradition in our family and we know it’s the same for thousands of others.”

Nicole Bentham has been involved in the media and events industry for the past two decades.

“This will be my third parade with the Greater Victoria Festival Society and I’m excited to kick off the 2018 holiday season by welcoming Santa Claus to the city of Victoria,” says Bentham.

Parade details

This year’s Santa’s Light Parade will take place on Saturday, November 24th and features a procession of over 2,000 participants, making it the largest night time parade in Canada.

It is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Belleville and Government Streets, and come to an end at Chatham Street.

The event will also feature a ‘Christmas Square’ at Centennial Square, with live entertainment, games, food and beverages, bouncy castles, and – the best part – Santa Claus himself, who will be there after the parade for some milk and cookies.

The annual lighting of the Centennial Square Giant Sequoia tree will take place at 7 p.m. and officially mark Victoria open for Christmas!

In case you can’t make it to the parade, tune in to the Victoria Buzz Facebook page to watch the 37th annual Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade presented by Agropur and organized by the Greater Victoria Festival Society.

Watch our coverage of the 35th annual Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade in 2016:

Watch the 35th annual Island Farms Santa's Light Parade live b…

Watch the 35th annual Island Farms Santa's Light Parade live brought to you by Thrifty Foods!Join hosts Dana Hutchings of Power To Be and Nicole Bentham of Victoria Buzz as they guide us through the 82 float entries – the largest Santa’s Light Parade to date! Participants range from the Royal Canadian Navy Naden Band to the always-popular Cowichan Lady of the Lake, to a dozen Bernese Mountain dogs, to the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself. Be sure to send us a comment to let us know you’re watching!Share the holiday joy of this occasion with family and friends and don’t miss one moment of the action using our first livestream of the event!The livestream by Victoria Buzz on Facebook and YouTube is possible thanks to our friends at Roll.Focus. Productions. This is done in partnership with parade host Greater Victoria Festival Society, and our key sponsors Island Farms, Thrifty Foods and The Butchart Gardens.The parade begins at Belleville Street and moves up Government until it ends at Fisgard Street. The livestream will start once the parade reaches our broadcast location at Frankie's Modern Diner Victoria, who has been an invaluable partner to our teams.

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Saturday, November 26, 2016

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