Christmas Parade

Champlain Christmas Parade

Champlain Christmas Parade

Date: Friday, December 2, 2022
Time: Starts at 6:30 p.m. at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI)

The parade will travel northbound along Highway 34 to Perreault Street, Home Avenue, Stanley Avenue, Higginson Street, Derby Avenue, to Main Street East and end at the streetlights of Highway 34 and County Road 10.

After several years of successfully organizing the Vankleek Hill Parade of Lights, Excellent Events has turned the event over to the Township. After a long two-year break, Champlain is very proud to bring back the beloved parade to our community and we want to celebrate. Many suprises are in store this year and we guarantee that great memories will be made!

This parade is not possible without the support of partners and, of course, lots of floats! Friends, families, local businesses, community groups, and entertainers are all invited to participate and help us bring the holiday spirit to life. We have plenty of creative people in our Township so let’s take this one to the next level.


Register Your Float Today

Applications to participate in the Champlain Christmas Parade are now being accepted for floats, walking groups and marching bands. Organizations wishing to participate in this great celebration are invited to fill out the online form. Registration is free and a great way to showcase their community involvement. To get the form in PDF, email inforecreation@champlain.ca.

Completed forms must be received by Sunday, November 20.

Registration Form


Activities and Programming

Before the parade

 Letter to Santa by The Review - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 Bring your little ones to write their letters to Santa at The Review! Coloured pencils, paper and stickers will be supplied for your kids. Photo of your child's letter, and a photo of your child standing in front of our Christmas tree, holding their letter could be taken by The Review. The photos will be included in the Home for the Holidays print and e-edition, being published on December 14, 2022. While you are at The Review, ask for your Free Gingerbread Cookie, provided courtesy of Louise Sproule, Realtor, because there's no place like home! 
Story Time and Scratch off Holiday Card by Champlain Public Library - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Champlain Public library will be holding a Storytime in French at 6:00 pm and in English at 6:15 pm.  From 6:00 and until the parade starts (when it passes on Main Street), a scratch off holiday card will be offered to children.
 Coffee, hot cocoa and exhibitions at the Arbor Gallery - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Come warm up before the parade at the Arbor Gallery, they will be offering coffee and hot chocolate to families who can also use the opportunity to look at the work of the artists on site: Alison Collard and her pottery creations as well as the photographic creations of Reenie Marx.

During the Parade

  • Canada Post will be picking up letters to Santa during the Parade. Check for their truck and when you see it (near the end of the parade), wave your letter so they see you and come and get it. It's an express mailing to the North Pole.
  • Vankleek Hill Foodland will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items along the route. Have your bags ready and put them in front of you, and when you spot the Foodland employees with grocery carts, wave at them so they can pick up your donations.

Restrooms Open to the Public Before and During the Parade

  • Creative Centre (13 Highway 34, corner of Main Street and Highway 34)
  • Champlain Public Library (94 Main Street)
  • Arbor Gallery (36 Home Avenue)

Road Closure

From 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., some roads, including Highway 34 and Main Street East, will be closed to traffic. Road closure schedules and detours will be available on our website.


Accessibility Accomodation

If you require any accommodations for accessing and viewing the parade, please email us at inforecreation@champlain.ca. Any information received relating to accommodations will be addressed confidentially. 

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