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PHOTOS: Crowds pack Penticton’s Main Street for Santa Parade and light up

Well over a thousand people filled the sidewalks and Gyro Park on Dec. 3

Penticton’s downtown was a festival of lights on Sunday (Dec. 3) as well over a thousand people turned out for the annual Santa Parade.

This year, the City of Penticton and Downtown Penticton Business Improvement Association partnered together to join the parade with the annual light up celebration.

The parade returned in 2022 after a two-year hiatus, and this year’s display was even bigger and brighter, with many of the entries into the show taking on a Whoville theme and plenty of Grinches to be seen.

The weather was accomodating too, with barely a breeze and temperatures that stayed above zero through the evening.

After the parade of trucks, horses, dancers and Santa himself made their way down Main Street, everyone gathered in Gyro Park.

Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way to the bandshell where, after a few words from the mayor and head of the DPBIA, the switch was flipped to light up the park.

City hall’s holiday lights were also turned on, but the rainbow tunnel easily outshone them as people made their way through.

Live music filled the park for the evening to highlight the ‘Magic on Main Street’.

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Brennan Phillips

About the Author: Brennan Phillips

Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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