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Merry Christmas!!! Yes, it’s that time of year again and Steveston is leading the charge with this year’s Christmas festivities in Richmond! I headed into town today to welcome Santa Claus, listen to live music, carolers, eat candy, and even go on a horse drawn carriage ride!
Santa made quite an entrance! I found myself standing in a SEA of red Santa hats as hundreds of families and children gazed out into the Fraser River. In the background a local band of violins played Christmas songs as everyone waited eagerly… Then, out in the distance a small skiff materialized. Could it be? That familiar red suit, the white beard… it was none other than Santa Claus making a grand amphibious entrance into Steveston, escorted by Mounties, to an excited crowd of starry-eyed children. It was a fantastic way to kick off Christmas in Steveston!
I overheard that St. Nick was heading to The Gulf of Georgia Cannery where he would be meeting the local children of Richmond and asking them what they wanted for Christmas. Between stuffing my face with candy canes, I quickly jumped on a reindeer drawn carriage ride through historic Steveston and made my way to the cannery. Ok, ok, they weren’t reindeer but rather massive horses with Christmas antlers, an excellent touch.
The Cannery was packed (literally) with people exploring Steveston’s history, and waiting eagerly to spend some time with Santa. Using the unrivalled power of the Media Pass I surpassed the lineups and fast tracked myself to Santa’s quarters. Though I didn’t get a chance to sit on his knee (I reserved that for the little guys), it was great seeing everyone enjoying the Christmas magic. One funny moment was when I overheard a little 5 year old boy ask Santa for a green Camero for Christmas. Though I’d prefer red, the kid had good taste.
It was a great way to end a festive and colourful day in Steveston! Merry Christmas everyone!
PS. December 23 Santa Claus Parade – The Steveston Rotary Club is putting on their annual Santa Claus parade through Steveston. Parade begins at 6pm at Sixth and Hunt, and will weave through old Steveston past Lord Byng School, then east from Third Avenue along Moncton Street to the Steveston Community Centre. This will be Santa’s last appearance before heading back to the North Pole to get ready for his big trip.