Santa Claus Parade: What You Need to Know

Kick off the festive season with the 40th Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade.

The Parade begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 in downtown Victoria.

Organized by the Greater Victoria Festival Society, this annual parade features floats, music and entertainment for the whole family.

New Parade Route

The new parade route will begin in front of the Legislature on Government Street. It will then turn right onto Humboldt Street and will travel along Douglas Street, ending at Fisgard Street.

The community is invited to stop by the Victoria Public Market - Hudson Holiday Plaza at 1701 Douglas Street for entertainment, vendors and more.

Getting There

Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle or take transit. Please expect traffic delays in the area. Check BC Transit for temporary bus stops and re-routing.

Road Closures: 

James Bay
From 2:30 - 7:30 p.m. approximately, roads surrounding the Legislature and the Inner Harbour will be closed:

  • Government Street, from Superior to Humboldt
  • Belleville Street, from Menzies to Douglas
  • Menzies Street, from Superior to Belleville

Superior Street will remain open for access in and out of James Bay. BC Transit will continue to operate in and out of James Bay.

Humboldt Street
Humbold Street, from Government Street to Douglas Street, will be closed from 5 - 7:30 p.m. approximately. 

Douglas Street
Douglas Street, from Humboldt Street to Bay Street, will be closed from 5 - 7:30 p.m. approximately. Traffic will not be allowed to cross Douglas Street during this time.

The Parade will end at Fisgard Street. Douglas Street will remain closed until Bay Street to allow for parade floats to disperse.

Wharf Street 
Wharf Street will remain open
, however, motorists will be advised that they can't go through Government Street or Douglas Street until 7:30 p.m. approximately. 

Johnson Street Bridge Closure
The Johnson Street Bridge will be closed on Saturday from 5 - 7:30 p.m. approximately. Also closed will be Esquimalt Road at Tyee Road, and Esquimalt Road at Harbour Road. 

Emergency vehicles and BC Transit will be permitted to cross the bridge when Police officers determine it is safe to do so.

Travelling from Victoria West and Esquimalt - Take Bay Street Bridge
If you’re heading into downtown from Victoria West or Esquimalt, it’s best to take the Bay Street Bridge if your destination is east of Douglas Street.

Need to get Downtown?
Take Government Street or Blanshard Street but expect delays. The public won't be able to cross over Douglas Street during the Parade.