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Storybook Village planned for downtown Kamloops instead of parade

Kamloops Santa Claus Parade, 2019.
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November 05, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Organizers have released further details about the Christmas display replacing Kamloops's annual Santa Claus Parade this year.

The downtown parade had to be cancelled as it could not meet COVID-19 regulations, but locals still have a festive event to look forward to.

"Imagine, if you will, parade decorations displayed not on Christmas floats but instead on our Downtown business storefronts," a Downtown Kamloops spokesperson said in a release. "Lights, ornaments, characters, music, and window paint coming together to create a storybook scene throughout the Downtown core."

Businesses in the 100 block of Victoria Street will become Santa's workshop, and kids will also have an opportunity for a virtual call with the big man himself. 

"We are excited to host Santa virtually here at the Paramount since he is social distancing this year," Dušan Magdolen, Executive Director at the Kamloops Film Society said. "We will be announcing dates and how to book your call with Santa soon."

Over 40 businesses have signed up to participate in the Storybook Village, which will feature 12 stories and some stand-alone displays. 

Thompson Rivers University is the main sponsor for the Storybook Village, in addition to the B.C. Wildlife Park. 

The display will be set up from Nov. 29 to Dec. 29, and the public can drive or walk through the Storybook Village at any time. 

"This year has been challenging for us all. We at the Downtown Kamloops want this season to be magical and shine a light on our local businesses that have stayed resilient through it all," organizer Carl DeSantis said. "Since the beginning of this pandemic, our community spirit has been strong, and there is no better way to end the year than moments we can cherish as a community." 

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