Rogers Santa Claus Parade Vancouver 2009

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s only been six years running but the Rogers Santa Claus Parade has certainly made its mark as a holiday tradition in Vancouver.

Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

On Sunday December 6th starting at 1:00pm you can line up anywhere along the designated parade route (see map below) to catch a glimpse of community groups, singers, dancers, decorated floats and all the festive fanfare you can imagine.

2008 parade photos by Tyler Ingram on Flickr

Stop by the front lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia & Howe) from 11:00am until 1:00pm to enjoy the Coast Capital Saving Christmas Zone before the main event. Family activities there will include face painting, balloon art, a gingerbread tent, Santa letter-writing station, a performance stage and a donation tent for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

You can also donate to the Food Bank while watching the parade, just pass your non-perishable food items to the front of the curb and they will be collected for donation.

If you would like to volunteer to help out the Food Bank that day, Steffani Cameron (aka @smuttysteff on Twitter) is suggesting a tweetup to rally a group of helpers. You can find more information on the Vancouver Tweetup site.

Once the parade wraps up, there will be a meet n’ greet with Santa and the newly re-opened Robson Square Ice Rink (now the GE Plaza). Stop by from 3:00 until 5:00pm that same day for some free public skating. If you can’t bring your own skates, there are some available to rent on the cheap.


There will be road closures downtown to accommodate the route and staging areas on December 6th. I haven’t found the official list yet from the City although I do have some noted in my post about last year’s parade events.

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  1. Tyler IngramMonday, November 30th, 2009 — 11:21am PST

    I’ll most likely be there in the crowd again taking photos as the parade passes by!

    I wonder how my photos will be this year with better glass and more knowledge of the force! 😉

  2. ClausMonday, November 30th, 2009 — 3:20pm PST

    Wish Translink would run the WestCoast express on that day for those of us that live outside the city. Looking forward to it anyway.

  3. Tyler IngramFriday, December 4th, 2009 — 8:11am PST

    Isn’t it technically CP that would have to allow the WCE access to the rails on that day? they do get to do the weekend travels for Christmas shopping though earlier to the 25th i think.

  4. lucFriday, December 4th, 2009 — 2:09pm PST

    > If you can’t bring your own skates, there are some available to rent on the cheap.

    I visited on Wed. night and there was a long line in front of a sign reading “no rental skates available”. There were about only 20 people skating and 4 times more waiting in line for skates.

  5. Airn MSaturday, December 5th, 2009 — 10:08pm PST

    Tyler, by “better glass”, did you mean you finally saved up enough pennies for the 800mm f/5.6L ?? 😉

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