Early every December there’s a colourful and sometimes noisy seasonal celebration downtown that always brings us pleasure and provides aid to local food banks. Ships glide gracefully across the Inner Harbour and an anything-but-graceful line of illuminated trucks honk their way through the streets. It’s the Victoria Lighted Ships and Trucks Parades.
On 6th December we’ll be in the Inner Harbour enjoying macho trucks seemingly becoming big colourful toys full of life and fun. Collections are taken along the route for the Mustard Seed and Victoria Cool Aid Society. The trucks will be in the Inner Harbour at approximately 7.00pm. The parade is really two parades rolled into one since the charming Lighted Ships Parade coincides in front of the BC Parliament Buildings in its Christmas tree colours, setting sail at the same time. Now in its 25th year there’ll be 25 decorated ships leaving Ship Point where artisans will be presenting their wares for gift ideas at the Christmas Night Market. I’m told that Santa is expected to make an appearance.
Enjoy these sights and sounds in the Inner Harbour, help the homeless (bring some non-perishable food for the drop-offs), and pick up a hot chocolate or hot apple cider for yourself.