Christmas season kicks off at Lake Cowichan with parade and fun

Nash Burgan meets Santa and Mrs. Claus for the first time at the Lake Cowichan Santa Claus Parade Sunday, Nov. 25. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Samantha Pratt and Jean-Felix in his Santa outfit wait to visit with Santa. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Young Leo Budding talks with Santa about this upcoming Christmas Day at the Santa Claus Parade in Lake Cowichan Sunday night. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
It’s photo time for the families at the Santa Claus parade Sunday in Lake Cowichan. Nathaniel and Felicity smile for the cameras as they speak with Santa Claus. Hundreds of people enjoyed hot dogs and hot drinks on a rainy Sunday afternoon after the Santa Claus Parade. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Honeymoon Bay Fire fighter Anthony Woodsworth hands out candy the the kids along the Santa Claus Parade route Sunday afternoon. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of the Toy Soldiers in the Santa parade Sunday evening. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
From the Santa Claus parade at Lake Cowichan, young Maylana enjoys talking to Santa about what she would like for Christmas this year. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
The Grinch has had a change of heart about Chrismas. He came with Santa to see all the children in Lake Cowichan at the Santa Claus parade, Nov. 25. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Country Grocer’s Jenn Pollner hands out free hot dogs at the 2018 Santa Claus parade on Sunday. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Lake Cowichan Lady of the Lake Princesses Olivia Skinner and Amber Eddy ride in the rain on their float during the 2018 Santa Claus Parade held Sunday, Nov. 25. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Sebastian and Naomi Carlow show off their little gifts from Santa at the 2018 Santa Claus Parade. (Naomi had a liver transplant four years ago in Edmonton and is doing well now.) (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Santa, Mrs. Claus and Allan the Toy Soldier await the children at the 2018 Santa Claus parade in Lake Cowichan, Nov. 25. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Allan Scott the Toy Solider joins Santa and Mrs. Claus this year at the 2018 Lake Cowichan Santa Claus Parade. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Lake Cowichan mayor and council gather at the base of Lake Cowichan’s Christmas tree at the lighting ceremony held after the 2018 Santa Claus Parade. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Laurn and Hunter are presented to Santa Claus by Allan one of Santas Toy Soldiers at the Lake Cowichan Santa Parade. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
The 2018 Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre Christmas Tree after the lighting ceremony at the Santa Clause Parade. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
Country Grocer provided hot dogs for all the families at the Santa Claus parade this year. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)

A rainy night couldn’t wash away the smiles on the faces of children and adults alike as they took to the streets of downtown Lake Cowichan for the annual Santa Claus Parade, followed by food, fun and activities.

One of the most popular stops was a chance to get photos with Santa, while folks from Country Grocer gave out free hot dogs.

The huge tree in front of the Lake Cowichan Visitor Centre was also lit for the season.

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