The Christmas Parade guest of honour, Santa, arrives on the back of a Courtenay Fire Department vehicle. (File photo)

Downtown Courtenay hosts Christmas Parade Sunday

Downtown Courtenay kicks off the holiday season this November and celebrates a Canadian Christmas.

On Sunday, Nov. 19, Downtown Courtenay, in partnership with community sponsors, presents its annual Comox Valley Christmas Parade on Fifth Street from Harmston Avenue to Cliffe Avenue starting at 2 p.m.

“Downtown Courtenay loves hosting this event as it brings the whole community together at a time of year that they reflect on the nostalgia of being Downtown Courtenay,” said Jenny Deters, president of the Downtown Courtenay BIA.

Business and organizations that partake in the parade have an opportunity to receive one of the fantastic category prizes. The judges are made up of the Comox Valley’s three mayors and parade sponsors, and will determine the winners for the following categories:

Best Overall – $1,000 cash from Budget Blinds

Best Commercial Entry – $1,000 advertising certificates – The Comox Valley Record

Best Non-Profit – $500 cash from Brian McLean Chevrolet

Best Entertaining – $500 Thrifty Foods gift certificates

Best Children/Youth – $600 gift certificates from Downtown Courtenay businesses

Mayor’s Choice – $600 advertising certificates – The Comox Valley Record

Best New Entry – $600 gift certificates Downtown Courtenay businesses

After the parade, Santa will be visiting with children at Imperial Square (Mudsharks Coffee Bar) on the Corner of Fourth Street and Cliffe Avenue, from 3-4 p.m. The event committee is encouraging spectators to bring an item for the Comox Valley Food Bank, which can be dropped off at Mudsharks, or at the large community Christmas Tree on England Avenue and Fifth Street.

Watch for many other events and activities that happen in Downtown Courtenay during the weekend, including the Moonlight and Magic Festival on Friday, Nov. 17.

For additional details, visit Downtown Courtenay website at downtowncourtnay.com or call 250-650-2015.

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