A shot from Creston's 2010 Santa Claus Parade.

Santa Claus Parade is coming to Creston

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The annual Santa Claus Parade is happening on Dec. 3 from 6-7 p.m. The theme is “Parade of Lights” and we expect to see a lot of lights on floats and storefronts.

This year, cash prizes are being offered for the best decorated floats —  $250 for first, $150 for second and $100 for third. You must register your float by Dec. 1.  Entry forms are available at the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The parade is only part of the event.  There will be the bonfire in Spirit of Creston Square with free hotdogs and hot chocolate for everyone. Earlier in the day, Santa Claus will be available for picture opportunities at the rec centre. There will be a free swim with your donation of non-perishable items to the food bank. There is gingerbread decorating, Christmas caroling and an artisans market, plus several businesses will be having special events on the day. It is a great day for families to stay and shop and play in Creston as we start counting down to Christmas Day.

The annual event is put on by the Town of Creston’s Community Pride Committee and the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce with support from Regional District of Central Kootenay directors Larry Binks and John Kettle. For more information or to help with the festivities, contact the chamber of commerce at 121 Northwest Blvd. or call 250-428-4342.