This year’s edition of the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade has been cancelled.
Organizers said Thursday that they explored alternative formats and options for the parade amid the COVID-19 pandemic but ultimately decided the show could not go on.
“The health and safety of our participants and spectators will always be our highest priority,” parade producer Elyse Gawley said in a statement.
“While current guidelines for public gatherings preclude us from staging the parade this year, our hope is to return in 2021, when we can better ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.”
Events tied to the parade, such as Breakfast with Santa at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Photos with Santa at TELUS Garden, and pre-parade entertainment in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery have also been cancelled.
Last year, the parade drew a crowd of more than 300,000 people along a 1.8-kilometre route through downtown Vancouver.