Santa Claus Parade starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday in downtown Maple Ridge. (THE NEWS/files)

It’s Christmas, in Maple Ridge’s park

Santa Claus Parade this Saturday

Paul Olson is hoping there will be a break in the Maple Ridge Christmas tradition this year.

Instead of heavy rain pelting down on dark city streets this Saturday night, Dec. 1, Olson is hoping for clear, night skies, which he says are in the forecast and will make two of Maple Ridge’s Christmas traditions, Christmas in the Park and the Santa Claus Parade, more enjoyable.

Olson, president of the Maple Ridge Christmas Festival Society, has heard the weather might be different this year instead of the downpours that have usually greeted Santa as he winds through Maple Ridge streets.

“We’ve had pouring, pouring rain and you still get 12,000 people out. So you know what, we’re good to go. These people are hardcore for a parade.”

Christmas in Park goes this Saturday, Dec. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Memorial Peace Park. There will be crafts, photos with Santa, decorations, music, cookies, hot chocolate and a mailbox to mail a letter to the jolly elf.

Christmas in the Park, which draws up to 12,000 people, draws to a close when Santa lights the big Christmas tree on 224th Street, signaling the start of the Santa Claus Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. on Dewdney Trunk Road and Plaza Street, jogs south on to 224th Street, then follows the winding road through Memorial Peace Park.

“We’ve had more floats than last year and actually I think seven brand new floats. So that’s new. Community people are getting involved with it, which is awesome,” Olson said.

This year, the commercial floats are being asked to pay $50 to cover increasing traffic control costs, while non-profit groups will still be part of the parade at no charge.

“It’s been really great for people to step up and be OK,” with the new $50 fee, because money is tight for everyone, he added.

He said between 80 to 100 volunteers usually help out but with schools no longer requiring students to have volunteer hours, it’s more difficult to get kids to help out.

In addition, four churches are involved this year to help out the volunteers from Burnett Fellowship Church.

“It’s going to be a good parade. There’s some good connection with lots of different community stores and businesses which is great. Just really grateful for their generosity.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

(THE NEWS/files) Santa Claus Parade starts at 6 p.m. this Saturday in downtown Maple Ridge.

Just Posted

Adrian Dix with NDP candidates Bob D-Eith (Maple Ridge-Mission) and Lisa Beare (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows) at the Urgent and Primary Care Centre at Haney Place Mall. (Special to The News)
Dix visits Maple Ridge’s new Urgent and Primary Care Centre

There still aren’t enough doctors to staff facility – Meadus

Michelle Shipley shared these pictures taken of Pitt Lake this fall. “Such a beautiful area,” she said. (Special to The News)
SHARE: Late fall reflected in the waters of Pitt Lake

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

Police boats were called in to search the Fraser River after a report that a plane had crashed where the river runs between Langley and Maple Ridge. (Shane MacKichan/Special to The News)
Investigation enters final phase, missing aircraft last seen over Fraser River in Maple Ridge

Small aircraft was carrying a student and instructor on June 6

BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson announces new infrastructure, flanked by Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows candidate Cheryl Ashlie and Maple Ridge-Mission candidate Chelsa Meadus. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)
Liberals promise transportation infrastructure in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Wilkinson said his party would also add mental health beds at Ridge Meadows Hospital

BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson announces an end to the ICBC monopoly if the Liberal Party is elected, during a stop in Maple Ridge. (Neil Corbett/The News)
BC Liberal Leader in Pitt Meadows for announcement

Wilkinson visits Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows riding seen as a key election battleground

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers questions during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. sees record-breaking daily COVID infections with 499 new cases over weekend

Two people, both in the Lower Mainland, died due to the virus over the weekend

The RCMP helicopter. (File photo)
Suspect escapes after police pursuit through Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford

Police chase involved two stolen vehicles, including one taken in Mission

IIO Chief Civilian Director Ron MacDonald. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Police watchdog concludes Mounties didn’t shoot Surrey teen at strip mall

IIO finds tragic death of teenager ‘not the result of any actions or inactions’ by the Surrey RCMP

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A passer-by walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada ‘yet to see’ deaths due to recent COVID surge as cases hit 200,000

Much of the increase in case numbers can be attributed to Ontario and Quebec

Police confirm human remains were found in a recycling bin in Vancouver on Oct. 18, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Human remains found in recycling bin floating near Vancouver beach

Police asking nearby residents to see if their recycling bin has gone missing

Emergency crews shut down White Rock’s Five Corners district on Feb. 19, 2020 after an altercation left an elderly man in critical condition. (File photo)
Trial dates set in White Rock manslaughter case

Proceedings against Ross Banner, 71, set for June 2021 in Surrey Provincial Court

Most Read