The Surrey Santa Claus Parade is an annual charity event that takes place in Cloverdale to support the local Food Bank and Christmas Bureau.
The 2019 edition of the parade takes place this Sunday – December 1st – which is the same day as the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade.
Surrey’s Santa Claus Parade of Lights
Celebrating its 14th year in 2019, the Surrey Santa Claus Parade happens on a weekend at the beginning of December each year. In 2019 it’s on Sunday, December 1st. The event is free and runs from 5:00 until around 7:00 pm.
The parade was inspired by a commercial from the 1990s. In 1997, Coca Cola ran their lighted truck advertisement for the holidays and it was a huge hit. Parts of the commercial were actually filmed in Cloverdale!
Although the event is free, vendors are present along the route selling food and items by donation. All proceeds go to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau. During the parade they accept donations of cash, non-perishable food and gift items.
What To Expect
The parade usually begins at the corner of 176A Street and 60th Avenue in Surrey and winds through the streets of Cloverdale. The route starts by the Elements Casino and ends on 58th Avenue by the Fraser Health Authority building.
Expect to see lots of trucks, vintage cars, boats and other forms of transportation all decked out in Christmas lights and holiday decorations.
Big Rigs for Kids
The Big Rigs for Kids event starts at the Surrey Santa Claus Parade. After the parade, the trucks with holiday illuminations continue to make their way around Surrey and finish at the Civic Plaza by City Hall at 13450 104th Avenue.
Upon reaching Surrey City Hall the convoy of trucks parks at the Civic Plaza until 8:00 pm for folk to enjoy the lights.
To learn more about the area see our article about Surrey.
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