Santa Claus waves from a float in last year’s annual Santa Claus Parade. This year’s parade is on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Golden shoppers

Golden's Christmas season will officially begin on Saturday Nov. 30 with the Chamber's Shopping Extravaganza and Santa Claus Parade.

Golden’s Christmas season will officially be kicked off on Saturday Nov. 30 with the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce’s Shopping Extravaganza and Santa Claus Parade.

“Throughout the Town of Golden the merchants and restaurants will be offering great savings to those who stop in,” said Ruth Hamilton, manager of the Chamber office. “So mark your calendars for the Annual Santa Claus Parade and Keeping’ it Local Shopping Extravaganza.”

Aside from the great shopping deals, there will firepit warming centres scattered throughout the community, a fundraising barbecue, and the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree in the downtown square, which will be surrounded by carollers from Golden Secondary School.

“New this year we will also be hosting a window decorating contest,” said Hamilton.

The winner will be decided by people’s choice voting. So watch for the signs in the windows of participating businesses and go inside to vote for your favourite decorated window.

Then the day will be capped off with the annual parade, which will be announced over the speaker system by Mike Pecora, and EZ Rock’s Stephen Keppler.

Much consideration has been taken into the planning of the parade route this year. It is designed so those walking, especially the young participants, are able to complete the entire route, and those sitting on the floats don’t get too cold in the winter temperatures. It was also designed to go past Abbeyfield House, Durand Manor, the Golden Hospital, and the Mountainview Seniors Homes, so that the seniors can stay warm and view the parade from inside their complexes.

For more information on the parade go to goldenchamber.bc.ca, and to see what specials local businesses are offering for the shopping extravaganza check out the special section in the next issue of The Golden Star.

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