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The Colours of Christmas

Music, 'Selfies w/Santa' & food trucks set the stage for parade Dec 6

Released by Desmond Devnich/Voice file photos


Thousands came out for the 2013 Christmas Parade.


oys and girls of all ages will find the true community spirit of Christmas, Saturday December 6, as the Rotary clubs in Chilliwack partner with the City of Chilliwack to present the annual Rotary Christmas Parade.


“The Rotary clubs are so excited to be producing the Chilliwack Christmas Parade again this year,” said parade coordinator Sharon Dueck. “We listened to public feedback and have changed the parade start-time to 5:30pm to better accommodate families with small children.”


Keeping families in mind, the Parade will be live-streaming on the event website “This means that relatives from out-of-town can watch their loved ones go by on their parade float just as if they were present on the parade route,” Dueck explained.


Festivities are planned to begin at 1:00pm at Five Corners Park and the nearby streets of downtown Chilliwack. An outdoor market with food trucks will be adjacent to an entertainment stage featuring performances by local musicians Matt Lowen, Trevor McDonald, and Todd Richard. On Wellington Avenue, the Vineyard Community Centre will be hosting an indoor market with children’s crafts.



A second entertainment stage will be outside Decades Coffee Club showcasing local Tractorgrease Media talent. In addition to the many family-friendly activities planned throughout downtown Chilliwack, there will also be an opportunity to take ‘Selfies’ with Santa at Coffee Plus on Yale Road East.


“It’s always a thrill to welcome Santa Claus to Chilliwack and the positive engagement we’re having with downtown businesses and the community reflects that,” committee member Desmond Devnich said. “Everyone should plan to spend the day downtown, shopping at the many great businesses and enjoying all of the pre-parade festivities we have arranged before Santa’s highly-anticipated arrival,” Devnich advised.


To see the parade route map, entertainment roster, and more information on the Rotary Christmas Parade and pre-parade festivities, visit






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