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This past weekend, thousands of Victorians headed downtown for one of the city’s most beloved traditions, the Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade.

2019 marked the 38th annual iteration of the parade, with a crowd of approximately 50,000 people turning up and packing the sidewalks on Government Street to kick off the holiday season in style.

Posted by Chuck Dalzell on Saturday, November 30, 2019

This event is the largest nighttime parade in all of Canada, and the floats were appropriately large, bright, and colourful. 

The stand-out floats of the evening included a Thrifty Foods truck covered in thousands of fairy lights, a BC Transit bus complete with a red Rudolph nose and antlers, and a marching band with (slightly more than) eleven pipers piping.

As per usual, the main event of the parade was Ole Saint Nick. Sat atop the Island Farms float behind a couple of reindeer, Santa Claus waved to onlookers and wished everyone a Merry Christmas from his sparkling sleigh. 

38th annual Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade presented by the Greater Victoria Festival Society

The holiday season has officially begun! ✨

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Sunday, December 1, 2019

(Photo by Chuck Dalzell)

Posted by Kristin Joy on Saturday, November 23, 2019

Posted by Chuck Dalzell on Saturday, November 30, 2019

(Photo by Chuck Dalzell)

Posted by Chuck Dalzell on Saturday, November 30, 2019