The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, as well as a Christmas Market @ The Barn beside Village Square Park (5 pm to 8:30/9 pm), and to share in some hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit with Santa. In the spirit of the season, the Lions Club will be collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank.
The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road, and will end at Abbott Street. There is no fee to register, however all participants are asked to consider a donation to the Stittsville Village Association to help us continue bringing events like the parade to the community. If you’re able to give, cheques may be mailed to Stittsville Village Association, 18 Thresher Ave., Stittsville, K2S 1X8.
There are fifty float entries available for this year’s parade, with priority given to Stittsville businesses and organizations. Participants must show proof of insurance, and will be asked to sign a liability waiver. All floats must incorporate lights and be festively decorated (but no Santas, please, as that is reserved for our special guest of honour from the North Pole). If you’d like to participate, please get in touch with your name and organization/business (contact info below). Full parade instructions will be sent out shortly along with a liability waiver which you will be asked to complete and return. Please let us know as soon as you can whether you will be able to enter a float (indicating length overall, including the towing vehicle, if any) and whether you will be having music on board. For more info, please email: Register a Float
The parade cannot go forward safely without the help of about 100 adult and youth volunteers, mostly to monitor traffic barriers along the route. This entails being at your assigned location at 5:30 pm, wearing a safety vest (provided), erecting a barrier and ensuring no one moves it while you enjoy the parade. Barriers are then moved to the curb following the parade. Students can earn 3-4 hours of community service, although helpers under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, please email Parade Volunteer