Victoria’s holiday season spectacular set for Saturday

Light-up, parade signal the start of the Christmas season

Santa Claus in his sleigh waves to the crowd as his float rolls along Government Street during last year’s Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade. This year's parade comes a little earlier

Christmas is just around the corner. To celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, head down to Centennial Square on Saturday (Nov. 17) for the fifth annual Christmas Tree Light-Up, and stay for the Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the square will be full of musical performers, ice sculptures, a ferris wheel and free treats, as a leadup to the annual parade.

The man in red will lead the train of floats and other entries, heading out along Government Street from Belleville Street at 5:45 p.m. and ending up at Store Street.

The event attracted its largest ever crowd last year, with an estimated 70,000 people watching from the sidewalks.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

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