Conception Bay South Santa Claus Parade is taking a new Route this Year
Santa Claus is coming to town, but his reindeer are taking a new route.
This year marks the inaugural Conception Bay South Santa Claus Parade, hosted by the Town of Conception Bay South. The parade is taking place on Saturday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. and will travel through the downtown area, leaving from Villanova Junior High and ending at the Conception Bay South Town Hall.
During the parade, non-perishable food items will be collected for the CBS / Paradise Community Food Bank. Letters to Santa will also be collected.
The rain date for the parade is Sunday, December 8.
Roads will be closed to traffic at 10:00 a.m. and will be re-opening after the parade procession has gone past each street.
Also, please note that Swimming lessons at the Recreation Complex will be cancelled on Saturday, December 7, between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. only. All other programming will proceed as per the normal schedule.
There will be a free shuttle service for the parade. Shuttles will travel every ten minutes and will operate from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
West Line Blue The parking and pick-up locations are at the Conception Bay South Arena and the old RONA building. Bus drop-off locations along the route, for watching the parade, are listed below. Once the parade is over, please hop on the blue line to receive a drive back to your parking spot.
East Line Red The parking and pick-up location is at Topsail Elementary. Bus drop-off locations along the route, for watching the parade, are listed below. Once the parade is over, please hop on the red line to receive a drive back to your parking spot.
Accessible Busing Anyone requiring accessible busing may contact the Town to arrange a separate wheelchair accessible bus, upon request only.
Sensory Friendly Zone
This area will be from the middle of the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot to the CBS Public Library.
Anyone in the community may stand in the sensory friendly zone. In this area, there will be no sirens, no flashing lights, and no horns sounding. Any music being played from floats will be turned down to a lower volume. There is no specific parking for anyone looking to view the parade in the sensory friendly area.
Accessible Parking will be available at TD Canada Trust (outside of the Sensory Friendly Zone) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (within the Sensory Friendly Zone). Spaces in both of these lots will be available to spectators with a Blue Accessible Parking Permit. These areas is within close proximity to the parade route for viewing from the roadside. Lots will be filled as spaces permits and will be monitored.
For spectators with more specific accessibility needs, the Town will offer accessible viewing from the lot shared by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and CB Auto. In this area, spectators can park and watch the parade from their vehicle. The use of this area is by registration only by calling the Town at 834-6500 ext. 601. A Blue Accessible Parking Permit will be required. Lot will be filled as space permits and will be monitored. This location is within the Sensory Friendly Zone.
The parade was previously organized by the Kiwanis Club of Kelligrews and took a different route. This year, the Town is organizing the event and has made changes to create a safer parade, which was recommended by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC).
The Town only recently became involved, and in partnership with the RNC, worked as quickly as possible to get many approvals in place, including a provincial road closure, to ensure the safest parade possible for our residents.
“Together with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, we have made changes to enhance the safety of everyone involved – the participants and spectators. We have shortened the distance and will now have a 4-lane road closure in place. Each year, the Santa Claus parade creates a lot of happiness, energy, and excitement throughout our entire town. By gathering our community together in the downtown core, we hope to create a growing sense of community bond and holiday spirit. I would like to thank the Kiwanis Club of Kelligrews for everything they have done over the last several years to organize such an important, highly-anticipated event in our community,” said Mayor Terry French.
“The Santa Claus parade is a joyous event for our communities, and most importantly, our children. The ability to take proactive measures to ensure the safety of spectators and participants is imperative to contributing to the success of the event. We look forward to joining the Town of Conception Bay South in the 2019 event, and we wish everyone a happy and safe start to the holiday season,” said Inspector Alex Brennan, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
Many parades are a similar distance in length, including neighbouring municipalities’. A shorter route may encourage more people to participate, such as dance groups, marching bands, and more children.