The Penticton Peach Festival float with the Miss Penticton royalty and two special guests. Mark Brett/Western News

St. Nick arrives to kick off the holiday season

The annual Downtown Penticton Association Santa parade.

The city streets were alive with the sounds of Christmas music Saturday afternoon with the annual running of the Downtown Penticton Association Santa Claus Parade.

About 1,000 people, mostly young ones, with parents were bundled up against the windy rain/snow in hopes that St. Nick would soon be there.

And he didn’t disappoint.

After public service agencies, clubs, organizations an elected official or two dispensing candy along the way, passed by it was the turn of the Mr. and Mrs to make their appearance.

The sleigh pulled up to the Lakeside Inn and Resort where the gentle pair disembarked to head inside to hear some requests from little ones about their Christmas wishes.

The front parking lot of the Lakeside was converted into an open-air market that included everything from maple candy ice sticks to pony rides.

Santa was there as well before heading up to the mustering point on Martin Street in time for the parade.

“They’re so excited I don’t think they even feel the cold they’re just so looking forward to seeing Santa tonight,” said Sharon Ingles, nodding in the direction of her three and five year’s, sitting on the sidewalk cuddled under an umbrella. “This is just something they look forward to so much and this is really the start of their Christmas. It’s just so much fun to watch them.

 

Piper Mike Chisholm of Vancouver led the parade. Mark Brett/Western News

The BC Parks mascot greets little ones along the parade route. Mark Brett/Western News

Just Posted

Talks continue on structure of regional fire departments

Okanagan-Similkameen directors heard under the current structure the CAO’s title would need to change

PRICK! sees increase in patients

The rainbow friendly service offers STI and HIV screening monthly

First Things First evoking the power of song and play

Environmental group educating through entertainment

Super blood wolf moon fills Okanagan skies, to photographers’ delight

Photographers had a rare chance Sunday to capture a rare lunar eclipse

COLUMN: It’s a new year — let’s get active

Exercise is one of those things we can love and hate all… Continue reading

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

Man charged in 7-Eleven fire in Shuswap granted bail

Accused facing arson charges released with 23 conditions including a 7 p.m. curfew

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Most Read