Downtown Vancouver will see back-to-back parade weekends with the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday, November 29th followed by the annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 7th.
Rogers Santa Claus Parade
When: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00pm
Where: The Parade starts at Georgia and Broughton, travels east on Georgia to Howe, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Davie.
Ringing in a new season of giving and holiday cheer, the Rogers Santa Claus Parade attracts 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver each year and will include 3,500 participants with 65 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups.
Aside from watching the parade along its route, you can also head down to the Robson Square Ice Rink for family activities. Enjoy free skating (rentals $4) and photos with Santa (3:00pm to 5:00pm).
Around the front of the Vancouver Art Gallery you’ll find the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square with a Food Bank drop-off zone, gingerbread decorating station, face painting, Letters to Santa station, balloon twisting, and an entertainment stage featuring several music and dance performances.
On parade day, spectators are encouraged to bring a monetary or non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank. For each dollar donated, the food Bank can purchase three dollars’ worth of food. The Rogers Santa Claus Parade is one of the largest food and fund raising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Since 2004, the Parade has collected $132,400 and more than 73,500 lbs. of food for hungry families in the Lower Mainland. Follow the parade on Twitter and Facebook for more information.