Mark your calendar! The Parade of Lights takes place the first weekend of December, beginning at 6:00 pm and running along Stittsville Main Street from Brown’s YIG to Carleton Cathcart. Please note: Stittsville Main Street will close to traffic at 5:45 pm.

The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the Stittsville Main Street 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, and to share in some hot chocolate (thank you Salvation Army!), cookies (courtesy of Thunderbird Sports Camps), musical entertainment from the Military Wives Chor, a Scouts-run bonfire, and a visit with Santa immediately following the parade.

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 later in the year, 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. When decorating, please keep in mind that this is an evening Parade of Lights, meant to highlight the festive season.

We are also in need of many volunteers to stand by traffic barricades along the parade route. Adults and youth are encouraged to volunteer. It’s a great way to take in the parade (you can stay with family or friends) and students can collect community service hours. Youth under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Thank you for helping to make this annual tradition a success.

Thank you to our premier 2023 Parade of Lights sponsor, Minto Communities. Find out more about this generous corporate citizen and the company’s history and roll in the community here.