Columbia Valley & East Kootenay
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Invermere Light Up Celebration & Santa Claus Parade
Nov 18, 2017
The holiday season kick-off in Invermere is a huge explosion of fun and good cheer for everyone – it’s called Light Up! And it’s a much anticipated tradition every year as the days grow shorter and the nights colder.
This year’s theme is ‘Memories of a Childhood Christmas’
The shop windows in downtown Invermere are festooned with evergreen boughs in anticipation of the season and already, merchants are seeing the shoppers checking off their gift lists. Excitement hangs in the air.
Starting at 1 pm sharp, there’s a new event to enjoy – and prizes to be won! There will be a Blizzard over at Cenotaph Park as the Snowball Drop gets underway. Hundreds of snowballs ( ping pong balls) will fall, seemingly out of the sky, and it’ll be your job to catch a few ( 3 ball limit). The snowballs are each from a local business. Take your ball to that business and receive a prize! (Note: You have until Dec. 24 to claim your prize.
From 2:30 to 4:00 PM on Light Up afternoon, Santa, that jolly fellow with the warm heart and a special place on his knee, will be popping in to Santa’s Den at the Best Western Invermere Inn. He will be busy, busy, busy with the younger generation lining up for a photo op with him.
Promptly at 5 pm, Santa Claus officially comes to town in the Santa Claus Parade, with his sleigh and his eight tiny reindeer – oops, make that nine! Forgot Rudolph! The parade sparkles every year with brightly-colored floats and lively music, bringing smiles to every face along 7th Avenue (Main Street) to the Bank of Montreal and CIBC.
Following the parade, the crowd moves to Cenotaph Park where the Light Up ceremony begins when the mayor flips a switch, the special Light Up tree in Cenotaph Park bursts into thousands of sparkling lights and all the decorations on the downtown lamp posts come to life, heralding the official start of the holiday season.
When all the lights are lit, the much-loved Valley Voices choir will sing ‘Carols by Candlelight’
Starting at 3 PM, there will be fires to warm up by, hot chocolate and smores plus lots of festivities downtown. There will also be shopping and dining specials all day long and shoppers will be able to get a head start on their gift lists by taking advantage of the many in-store specials offered by local retail businesses.
This year’s proposed schedule is as follows:
- 1 pm sharp – Snowball Drop
- 2:30-4:00 pm – Pictures with Santa
- 5:00 pm – Santa Claus Parade
- 6:00 pm – Tree lighting at Cenotaph Park
- After the Light Up, ‘Carols by Candlelight’ performed by the Valley Voices
Light Up is a FREE community event. Donations to the Food Bank would be greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in entering a float in the Santa Claus Parade, you may register now at: http://eepurl.com Deadline for registration: Thursday, November 16.
Want to volunteer? Contact Cortney Pitts, Events Co-ordinator at the District of Invermere. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org