Vancouver Santa Claus Parade: All the road closures in effect this Sunday

The jolliest parade of the year returns to Vancouver this weekend, and with it some major street closures.

The festive parade kicks off at noon; the 1.8-kilometre route begins at Georgia and Broughton, travels east on Georgia to Howe, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Davie.

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The festive event features marching bands, dance troupes, festive floats and community groups, which entertain over 300,000 spectators. As a result, it requires a great deal of space.

There are a number of parking restrictions and road closures planned for Sunday.

Set up and marshalling area:

Parking restrictions in effect 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Road closures in effect 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Except Broughton from Robson to Alberni will be closed from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

  • South side West Georgia between Cardero and Broughton
  • Both sides Alberni between Cardero and Jervis
  • Both sides Nicola between West Georgia and Robson
  • Both sides Broughton between West Georgia and Robson    
  • West Georgia will remain open as long as possible prior to the parade but road closures will be in effect on above sections of Alberni, Nicola and Broughton.

Parade Route:

Parking restrictions in effect 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Road closures in effect 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.     

  • West Georgia from Cardero to Seymour
  • Howe from Dunsmuir to Davie

Dispersal Area:

Parking restrictions in effect 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Road closures 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Both sides Hornby, between Davie and Pacific
  • Both sides Drake, between Howe and Burrard
  • East side Burrard from Pacific to Davie
  • The above sections of Hornby, Drake and Burrard

In order to ensure the safety of the parade participants and spectators, city work crews will be posting temporary no stopping signs along the parade route and in the marshalling and dispersal areas. Vancouver police will be on hand to assist with road closures and any safety-related issues.

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Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

When: Sunday, Dec. 1 at noon
Where: Parade route begins at Georgia and Broughton
Cost: Free

- With files from Lindsay William-Ross. 


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