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Steveston Santa Claus Parade in Richmond

Santa in Steveston Village

The Steveston Santa Claus Parade is an annual tradition in Richmond. It’s a free and family-friendly event held on Christmas Eve most years.

After a four-year hiatus, the event returned on December 24th in 2023.

The parade is one of a number of Christmas-themed events that happen in the neighbourhood. Others include Christmas in Steveston Village (where the above photo was taken) and the Steveston Festival of Trees.


Santa Claus Parade in Steveston

The Santa Claus Parade is a long-running community event in Steveston. It’s been happening around Christmas time for more than 40 years. The parade is free to attend. However, donations for the Richmond Food Bank and Richmond Firefighters Charitable Fund are accepted and highly appreciated. People are encouraged to bring cash and non-perishable food items if they can.

The Steveston Santa Claus Parade last happened in 2019. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event didn’t take place in 2020, 2021 or 2022. Fortunately, the parade returns in 2023. As usual, it took place on Christmas Eve, so on December 24th. This past year’s event began at 6:00 pm.


Santa Claus Parade Route

The Steveston Santa Claus Parade route winds through Steveston Village which is in the southwest corner of Richmond.

Last year, the parade began at the corner of Regent Street and Fourth Avenue. It headed west along Regent Street before turning left onto Sixth Avenue. From there, the parade snaked from block to block stretching as far east as Second Avenue. It eventually reached Chatham Street and ended at Garry Point Park.

For a map of the route, see the Steveston Santa Parade Route.


What to Expect

At the Steveston Santa Claus Parade you can expect to see people of all ages lining the streets and taking in the sights of the parade. It’s a popular event in the community and a fun way for everyone to celebrate the holiday season.

The main floats usually feature Mrs. Claus, Santa Claus and his sleigh. Firetrucks and floats made by local organizations also participate most years. There’s Christmas-themed music playing with the parade as well.


Tips & Advice

The following tips will help you make the most of your experience at the parade.

TIP #1: Dress for the weather! The parade is outdoors. Unless you’re planning on watching through the window of a store or a restaurant, you’ll likely be standing outside. Bring lots of layers and get yourself a hot beverage.

TIP #2: If travelling from outside of Richmond, it’s a good idea to arrive early and explore the city. Steveston Village is a beautiful and interesting place to check out, with wonderful walking and cycling trails to enjoy. Plus, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is always worth a visit. The cannery’s Steveston Festival of Trees event is on throughout December. On the day of the parade, the historic site is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Other Information

For more information about the event, visit the Steveston Santa Claus Parade Facebook page.

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