Santa Arrives in Nanaimo

Santa Claus flying into downtown Nanaimo to lead the Santa Parade.

Santa Claus flying into downtown Nanaimo to lead the Santa Parade.

It’s a long way from the North Pole without a sleigh but Santa and Mrs. Claus are on their way to Nanaimo by air. “Everyone knows that Santa’s sleigh is only used on Christmas Eve, so for the pre-Christmas events around the world, Santa has to find a different way to travel,” says Mark Corbett of the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association. “This is why he comes to Nanaimo on a float plane.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus are set to arrive in Nanaimo harbour on a Harbour Air float plane at 10 am on Saturday, December 4, 2010. His legion of adoring Nanaimo fans are invited to watch from the Harbourfront Walkway outside of the Lighthouse Bistro. “It’s always exciting to have Santa and Mrs. Claus fly with us,” said John Winter, spokesman for Harbour Air. “So we’re very happy to have him, Mrs. Claus, and the elves on board again this year.”

After landing in Nanaimo Harbour, Santa and his entourage will make their way on foot to Santa’s new workshop at 43 Commercial St. where they’ll enjoy holiday treats and kids crafts with some of their fans. At 12:30 pm they will jump on a float and join the annual Nanaimo Lions Santa Parade through downtown Nanaimo. It’s a busy day for both Santa and Mrs. Claus. Once they hop on the parade float, they will drive to the parade starting point on Victoria Crescent. The parade gets under way at 1 am on Victoria Crescent and will cross the highway before continuing along Commercial and Church Streets.

“After the parade is over, Santa and Mrs. Claus will descend on Diana Krall Plaza where the public can spend a little one-on-one time with the jolly old elf as well as enjoy the seasonal sounds of Christmas carolers,” says Leslie Smith of the Nanaimo Lions Club. Hot chocolate will be provided by students from Sprott-Shaw Community College. For more information on downtown Nanaimo Christmas events call Mark Corbett at 250-754-8141.