Sail on in to Sidney

Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade is this Saturday, followed by the popular Sail Past

Warren Franklin gets his boat

The Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade is set to take over Sidney this weekend.

The popular annual parade which is put on by the Peninsula Celebrations Society features a bounty of lighted floats including Island Farms’ Daisy the Cow and of course the special guest of the night, Santa Claus.

The parade, which begins at the top end of Beacon Avenue and travels down and turns to Second Street, attracts hundreds of spectators to Sidney each year. This year, spectators on Second Street can stop by The Mortgage Centre who will be offering free popcorn and hot chocolate to parade spectators.

The night will also feature the annual Lighted Boat Parade which has been a fixture of the holiday season since 1985.

“We usually have around 20 boats or so and we’ve really been pushing this year so I hope it will be a big group,” said Warren Franklin, one of the event organizers.

The Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 and the Lighted Boat Parade begins around 6:15 p.m. Arrive early to nab good spots to see Santa along Beacon Avenue and set up camp along the Sidney waterfront or near Tulista Park to watch the festive boats slip past.

For details on the festivities visit peninsulacelebrations.ca.

 

Just Posted

Victoria teen killed on field trip near Sooke

Second youth also injured in falling tree incident at Camp Barnard

Youth activism pushes Central Saanich to declare ‘climate emergency’

Following moving presentation and youth strikes, council unanimously agrees

Oak Bay double murder trial: Blood splatter analyst says no shoe prints found in unit

RCMP analyst testifies to smears, fingermarks, ‘swipe and wipe’ patterns around apartment

Scorpion gives birth at Victoria Bug Zoo after hitching ride in woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

Man accused of Brentwood Bay murder appears in court

Alan Chapman tells judge he wants next court appearance to be “as far away as possible”

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion?

The federal government announced Tuesday its approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline… Continue reading

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Most Read