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Summertime callout for Penticton Santa Parade floats

A ‘Magic on Main Street’ event is being added to the Dec. 3 parade
Over 1,000 take in Penticton Santa Parade in 2022. (Monique Tamminga Western News file photo)

It’s hard to even think of Christmas when Penticton broke a 1924 temperature record of 30 C on Saturday. But registration is now open for businesses and organizations interested in entering a float into the Santa Claus Parade.

The Santa Parade will kick off the festive season in Penticton on Sunday, Dec. 3.

“This year’s event will be bigger and brighter than ever, with Santa Claus flying in from the North Pole and sprinkling a little magic dust over Main Street,” says Jeff Plant, sport & event supervisor.

“We will be releasing more details about our ‘Magic on Main Street’ event soon, but we’re excited to reveal that the City has partnered with the Downtown Penticton Business Improvement Association to cap off the parade with the annual Light Up at Gyro Park, creating an extra-special evening to ring in the holiday spirit.”

Organizations have until Nov. 24, to apply to enter a float into the parade. All details, including float requirements, safety reminders and application forms, can be found on the City’s website at

The City will be offering a free Park ‘n Ride shuttle service through BC Transit for this event, with more details to be released closer to the date.

The City of Penticton is looking to recruit volunteers to assist with the Santa Claus Parade. Duties include barricade intersection control, marshaling assistance and parade route support. If interested, please email

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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