It’s the time of year that makes me excited for brisk walks where you need to cover your nose with your scarf to help it thaw and cozying up with hot chocolate and a blanket on the couch while watching Peter Billingsley shoot his eye out. In local malls, castles with thrones and digital cameras on tripods are being setup and trees are trimmed with lights aglow. Ah, November.
I admit I am getting slightly excited after seeing an ad for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s what I equate to being the start of the holiday season, and that’s probably thanks to Miracle on 34th Street. Here in Vancouver we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in November, nor do we have a Macy’s but we do have other special events that just might get us in the holiday spirit soon enough.
The Burnaby Village Museum present their Christmas Village starting November 22nd, and Bright Nights return to Stanley Park, November 28th.
The Hyack Festival Association in New Westminster is putting on a Christmas parade this year.
The parade starts at 4:00 pm SHARP & travels along Columbia St. between 4th & 8th St., ending up at Hyack Square (Beside the Keg).
When I was little my family would attend the Hyack Parade each spring. I knew to watch for the clowns with shovels following the RCMP horses, when the Shriners would come by on their mini motorcycles, and when the May Queen would cruise by. I’m not sure what the Christmas parade entails but I’m certain it will be as much fun.
In Vancouver, and on the same weekend, there’s the fifth annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade Sunday, December 7th at 1:00pm.
With a longer parade route, there will be great viewing all along the route but especially: On both sides of Georgia Street on the slope between Bute and Broughton, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, or at Robson Square on Howe Street
The new route goes from Broughton at Georgia, then right on Howe until Davie. Parades are always a good time (except for the part when the clowns come out) but make sure to dress appropriately for the weather… and save me a candy cane. More events and holiday fun times will be posted in the coming weeks.