Nearly 50 businesses and organizations from Aldergrove showcased their unique “light-up” float or display in Aldergrove’s annual Christmas Light-Up parade in 2019. (Aldergrove Star files)

Santa Claus still set to arrive with Aldergrove Christmas Light-Up parade

Annual holiday event, with socially distant restrictions in place, will happen Saturday, Dec. 12

The Aldergrove Christmas Light-Up parade is a go.

On Saturday, Dec. 12th at 6 p.m., Aldergrove residents are invited to line the streets in a safe and socially distanced manor.

The annual parade is in its 27th year and typically attracts thousands of participants and spectators.

Jodi Steeves, president of the Aldergrove Business Association (ABA), said the route is four miles long so people can be spread out safely.

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The route will start from Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre parking lot, head west on 29 Avenue, north on 264 Street, East on 32nd Ave, south on 276th Street, and then back west on 28th Ave, north on 272nd, and concluding back at the school via 29th Avenue.

Karen Long, executive director of the Aldergrove Fair Society, said they have been diligently working with the Emergency Operation Centre to ensure a safe parade that follows provincial health orders.

“People are so in need of something like this to look forward to,” Long explained, noting that changing orders will likely change parade plans. “We’re ready and will do whatever is required to make this happen.”

Staples such as hot chocolate, face-painting, crafts, and other forms entertainment will not be a part of this year’s celebration.

No candy or holiday goodies can be thrown , nor can there be marching in the streets or people riding outside on floats – the parade will be strictly vehicles.

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People are invited to sign up if they wish to enter their vehicle.

They can do so by filling in an entry form before the parade date.

No horses or animals will be permitted to take part in the parade this year and there will be no decoration judging either.

More information can be found at www.aldergroveba.ca.

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