Santa Clause is coming to town… This weekend.
Old St. Nick knows all the young kids in Golden have been on their best behaviour all year, and he’s coming to pay them an early visit on Saturday evening. After spending the night in Golden, it’s off to the North Pole to finish up packing for his big night on December 25. He will have to get out of the mountains and back up north to ensure all the kids get their toys, the reindeer are saddled up and fed big healthy meals, and the elves have done their best job making sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Santa will be joined on December 8 by at least a dozen other floats from the community. The Golden Agricultural Society has planned the whole thing, with this year’s theme being “past and present.”
The Christmas floats will include everything from walking groups to people in trucks and trailers. Many volunteers have come together to make sure Santa doesn’t get into the eggnog too early, but more volunteers are always welcome.
Some of the volunteer positions offer you and your family front row seats to see the big man himself. Volunteers are still needed at the barricades that will keep traffic out of the parade route. It is a great spot for families to get nice and close to the parade, said organizer Andonia Reynolds.
For those looking for a warmer post, volunteers are still needed at the fire pits along the route.
The parade organizers need at least 16 people to cover the barricades, and three people to watch the fire pits.
“If there’s families that want a really nice spot, they can cover those spaces,” Reynolds said.
Anyone who still wants to put a float in the parade to welcome Santa to Golden can do so right up until the parade night.
After the parade is done, Santa will join everyone at the Youth Centre for hot chocolate and cookies. There might also be a BBQ outside.
“We hope people will be as satisfied with it this year as they were last year. We can also offer them just as good of an event. We made a decision to move it indoors to the Youth Centre due to how cold it was last year,” Reynolds said. “Kids are hopefully pumped and excited. There’s going to be cookies and hot chocolate with Santa, there will be lots of bright lights, there’s people participating that didn’t last year, which is pretty good to hear,” Reynolds said.
Cookie judging and hot chocolate will also be available at the Golden Star. The office also offers a warm space to watch the parade from.
The parade will follow its usual route, beginning on 9th Avenue N., heading across the Kicking Horse River bridge, along 10th Avenue S., turning onto 9th Street S., and ending on 8th Avenue S. The parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m.