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These four beloved Christmas parades are returning to Victoria this holiday season


After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the organizers of your favourite local Christmas parades are working together to bring back the holidays. 

This year, in a joint statement, the Sidney Sparkles Parade, the IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive and the Esquimalt Light Parade announced they will be lighting up and bringing Christmas cheer to Victoria.

It will finally feel like Christmas!

Check out the details of each parade below: 

39th Peninsula Co-op Santa Lights Parade

After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Peninsula Co-op Santa’s Light Parade (formally Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade) is back for its 39th year!

Santa will be returning, of course, and sponsors will be hosting pictures with him on selective dates, stay tuned for those!

The event, which is presented by the Greater Victoria Festival Society, will also be accepting non-perishable food collections and host fun events along the parade route.

Greater Victoria residents are encouraged to glow-up their homes with festive Christmas lights.

  • Where: From Belleville and Government Street
  • When: 5:30 p.m., Saturday November 27th

See more: Santa’s light parade set to return to Victoria after year hiatus

The Sidney Sparkles Parade

The Sidney Sparkles Parade, brought to you by Peninsula Celebrations Society and Sidney BIA is also returning this November!

“Peninsula Celebrations Society and the Sidney BIA look forward to the return of community events in a safe and collaborative manner this season,” said Morgan Shaw, Executive Director of the Sidney BIA, “The Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade is a long-standing tradition for residents.”

Stay tuned for updates on the Sidney Sparkles Parade and all seasonal events on the Explore Sidney website

  • Where: Sunday, November 28th
  • When: Sidney, BC

The IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive

The annual Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive is a highly anticipated event every Christmas and, lucky for us, they are back!

“The Island Equipment Owners Association and our Truck Light Convoy participants are eagerly anticipating this year’s event return and the joy of rolling the convoy through town sharing our bright lights and festive sounds with our local community,” said Wendy Watt, Manager of the IEOA,

“We are excited to share the holiday spirit with our spectators and spread a message of hope to the local food banks with our donations.”

  • Where: Starts at the Breakwater District at Ogden Point
  • When: 5:45 p.m., Saturday, December 4th

The Esquimalt Light Parade 

If you’re looking for a parade of lights and some community caroling to ring in the holiday, the Esquimalt Light Parade is for you!

The Esquimalt Celebration of Lights committee is excited to announce the return of the event, after a hiatus due to COVID-18. 

“Esquimalt’s Celebration of Lights Committee is excited to be able to invite the community back

out to celebrate the season” said Meagan Brame of the Esquimalt Celebration of Lights Committee, 

“We look forward to seeing you all December 5th, 2021 at 5pm for a fabulous parade of lights and some community caroling afterwards.” 

  • Where: Starts at Esquimalt and Canteen Road and ends at the Esquimalt Plaza
  • When: 5 p.m., Sunday, December 5th

Organizers of the four events are developing safety plans together, which include extending parade routes so that there is more room for physical distancing.

More details will be released as each event nears.

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