SLIDESHOW: Windsors 2018 Santa Parade of Lights delights crowd

Santa Claus is coming to town tomorrow for the annual Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade. There’ll be Dasher, Dancer, and all the others, along with a full roster of floats, marching bands, cheerleaders and more.

PAL Airlines and Aerospace Meteorologist, Brian Walsh, says it should be a good day weather-wise for the parade, but encourages everyone to bundle up as the wind chill will be about minus 8.

The 2018 @DowntownStJohns Christmas Parade on Sunday is still looking really nice (minus the cold). It should be mainly sunny with winds gusting 40-50 km/h combined with temperatures near the freezing mark will give wind chills near -8°C. Bundle up the kids! #nlwx pic.twitter.com/ZrVBUpuv6J

The parade, in its 37th year, switched from a day to nighttime event in 1998, thanks to the efforts of the late parade organizer Ron Butlin. Its billed as Canadas largest lighted parade, and this year includes 73 entrants. Of the approximate 15 new additions, one boasts it will come with more than 80,000 lights, said Kelly Kurta, executive director of the Greater Victoria Festival Society.

The parade begins at noon from the Fort William Building on Factory Lane, making its way through downtown.

Metrobus is offering free shuttles to the parade route from the Confederation Building, and the NL Housing Building off Captain Whelan Drive.

Christmas Square, replete with a Ferris wheel, is open from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at Centennial Square and will offer performers including Arf the Dog, Talk to Trees, Viva Youth Choirs, Atomic Vaudeville (just prior to the light up), Belmont Dance, Stages Dance, and Cookeilidh plus lots to eat from food trucks.

Parade-goers are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or donations to support the Community Food Sharing Association.

The Island Farms Santas Light Parade begins at 5 p.m. on Belleville Street at the B.C. legislature and carries along Government Street past the Inner Harbour, through the shopping district and past City Hall and Centennial Square, ending at Chatham Street.

At the North Pole @235Water test firing the engines on Santa's Sonic Sleigh for the big trip to @DowntownStJohns @DTStJohnsParade on Sunday at noon! #lovedowntown pic.twitter.com/KIE0fgPaHv

Last years joint effort combining Galey Farms and Stages Dance Company is back this year, with dancers aglow in LED lights performing a Polar Express piece between a Galey Farms candy-factory-themed float and a second float featuring an ice sculpture.

It was a bitterly cold night for a parade, but such was the sacrifice made on the rare occasions when Santa Claus is in town.

Frozen turkeys or donations in lieu are also welcome at the Mustard Seed headquarters at 625 Queens Ave. In November and December the food bank typically raises 70 per cent of its annual funds and 40 per cent of its annual food donations.

Friday night was the annual Downtown Summerside Santa Claus Parade and plenty of folks braved the blustery and bitterly cold early winter weather to see the big guy himself.

The parade route for the 2018 New Waterford Santa Claus Parade on Sunday is shown. Parade starts at 6 p.m. Parade season continues next weekend in Louisbourg on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. and in Glace Bay (6 p.m.) and Reserve Mines (1 p.m.) on Dec. 1, and then in Dominion on Dec. 2 at 4:15 p.m. North Sydney has the honour of hosting the final Santa Claus parade of 2018 on Dec. 8 beginning at 6 p.m. Holiday activities across the CBRM will also include the Sydney Waterfront District Nutcracker Festival on Dec. 1, from 12-8 p.m. on Charlotte Street. That event will also include the annual Light Up at 6 p.m. There are also Light Ups on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in Dominion and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in Marion Bridge.

Parents clutched coffee cups a little tighter, blankets were everywhere and some of the smallest kids where so bundled-up that only a pair of wide eyes could be discerned from between layers.

The parade route for Saturday’s Sydney Santa Clause is shown. Parade starts at 4 p.m. The first goes Saturday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. when the Sydney Santa Claus parade makes its way from Open Hearth Park, through downtown streets and all the way to Neville Park. New Waterford’s Santa Claus parade follows Sunday evening beginning at 6 p.m. and will travel on Plummer Avenue, Mahon Street, Emerald Street andKings Street. 

“It’s a family tradition, every year,” said Malcolm MacDonald, who was with his wife Marsha, daughter Sorraya and son Peter

SYDNEY, N.S. — Parade season across the Cape Breton Regional Municipality continues this weekend with Santa Claus parades in two communities.

Aaron and Stephanie Hogan drove from Tignish to take in the parade with their two young children. It was the first year they’ve done so.

“They’re old enough now, we thought they would enjoy it. She’s almost 4 and she’s super excited,” said Stephanie.

The parade got started around 6:30 p.m. and traveled along Water Street before turning off to end at Credit Union Place.

Downtown Summerside usually declares three overall winners in terms of entrants in the parade. This year’s winners were: 1. Centre Belle Alliance, 2. Standard Aero and 3. Green Diamond.

The jolly old elf stopped on Water Street to got down to greet his rosy-cheeked admirers for a few minutes before hurrying on his way to Credit Union Place.