As the sun dipped below the horizon, downtown Victoria was transformed into a sparkling wonderland as thousands gathered for the 41st Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade.
With an estimated 60,000 excited spectators lining the streets, this magical event, presented by the Greater Victoria Festival Society, marked the official start of the holiday season in the most enchanting way possible.
The atmosphere was electric as the parade, boasting around 60 entries and 1,700 enthusiastic participants, kicked off its merry journey in front of the majestic legislature at 5:20 p.m. However, the anticipation was palpable long before the first float appeared, with crowds eagerly staking out their spots along the parade route, spreading festive cheer and goodwill.
From whimsical floats adorned with twinkling lights to marching bands spreading musical delight, the parade was a breathtaking showcase of creativity and holiday spirit. Families bundled up in cozy scarves and hats, children’s eyes wide with wonder as they eagerly awaited the appearance of the star of the show – Santa Claus himself, spreading joy and laughter from his sleigh.
This annual extravaganza isn’t just a parade; it’s a cherished tradition that brings the community together, marking the official countdown to the most wonderful time of the year.
Here are 7 photo highlights from the night, all wrapped up in the festive spirit of Christmas:
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