Usher in the holiday season with this annual KCBIA event!

Immerse yourself in a World of Celebration!

Parade Updates

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association and Thompson Rivers University and TRU World are excited to announce the 43rd annual Santa Parade on Sunday, November 26, 2023!


Theme: A World of Celebration!
It's an ode to holiday celebrations from around the world.

*** New parade start time 4 PM ***

Wake Up Santa 
updates

Wake up Santa is now at 3:40 pm
Santa's float will be on 4th and  
St. Paul St., across from Stride/Spin.
Wake Up Santa! It's time for the Parade!
Watch it live on the Downtown Kamloops Facebook Page and YouTube Channel!

Santa parade Livestream

Can't make it to the parade? Catch the Downtown Kamloops Santa Parade Livestream, powered by Ninth Lab. Join your hosts Alexandra Eaket and Bryce Herman for an evening full of holiday spirit.

The livestream will be broadcast on Downtown Kamloops’ Facebook Page and YouTube channel beginning at 4PM on November 26th. You will also be able to watch the livestream at the Paramount Theatre during the parade.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

There will be temporary road closures in the downtown area for the annual Santa Claus Parade. Motorists are asked to avoid the parade route and do not park en-route at the below-noted times:

Sunday November 26, 2023 8AM - 6PM

  • The Lansdowne Village Mall Transit Transfer Exchange will be temporarily relocated to St. Paul St between 5th Ave and 6th Ave.
  • The St. Paul St temporary exchange will be in effect from 3:00-6:00 pm.

Please use caution when driving in the vicinity of this event and obey all traffic control devices and traffic control people.
Thank you for your cooperation and call KCBIA at 250-372-3242 if clarification is necessary.

PARADE GUIDELINES

  • NO SANTA OR MRS. CLAUS ARE PERMITTED EXCEPT ON THE OFFICIAL KCBIA SANTA CLAUS FLOAT. This includes anyone dressing or appearing in the likeness of Santa Claus. Non-compliance will result in immediate removal.  
  • All instructions from Parade Marshals must be obeyed. The Parade Marshals may reject any entry that is declared not suitable for the parade. 
  • All float components must be lit and decorated in festive Christmas or Parade theme including tow vehicles, walkers, and mascots. That includes dressing in matching costumes or uniforms to match the theme of the parade or their entry including winter wear. Street clothes are not acceptable! 
  • Entries must maintain a forward motion. Marching, maneuvering, sidestepping or other action is permitted provided the entry maintains a forward motion, consistent with the pace of the parade. 
  • All components of the float entry must stay with the entry. Mascots, volunteers, or distributors can not “overflow” into entries before or following entry. Keep with your group.
  • Alcoholic beverages and smoking are forbidden on any entry. Any participant suspected of being under the influence will be removed. 
  • Seasonal music is strongly encouraged.  
  • No child under 8 years old will be allowed to walk in the parade unless they are part of an organized group and can maintain the pace of the parade. 
  • All animal entries must have a costumed person following with clean-up equipment.
  • All judging will be done BEFORE the start of the parade. 

GIVEAWAYS

Giveaways are allowed along the parade route under the following restrictions:   

  • Nothing may be thrown. Approved giveaways must be distributed in person, along the curb of the parade route only.  If anything is thrown from float and/or walkers, the entry risks being prohibited in future parades.  
  • Distribution of literature flyers, canvassing or asking for donations is prohibited.  
  • DO NOT HOLD UP THE pace FOR HANDOUTS. Don’t try to give to everyone – it is just impossible! 

IDENTIFICATION 

For identification and safety purposes, names of ALL participating individuals (walkers, riders, and drivers), including minors, must be submitted for parade day. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors

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