Vancouver Santa Claus Parade
What: A festive annual tradition for many Metro Vancouver families, this huge downtown street parade has been running for 16 years and typically draws around 300,000 spectators. Unfortunately, the 2020 parade has been cancelled.
Here's what it was like in 2019: Now in its 16th year, this annual alfresco event is a Vancouver festive fixture. Arrive early to snag your favourite spot along West Georgia Street or Granville Street (make sure you wrap up in several extra layers to retain at least a modicum of warmth) and you'll be treated to a magical cavalcade of marching bands, glitter-dressed dancers, more than a few naughty-looking elves, some fast-trotting miniature horses and a free candy cane or two to munch on. After a couple of hours, the great man himself will roll by, looking like he's waving straight at you alone as he trundles past.
When: Cancelled in 2020