If you're not IN the parade, you WATCH the parade!

December 23, 2023

WHEN: December 23, 2023 at 7pm
(Usually 2-3 nights before Christmas, 7 to 8pm)

WHERE: Downtown Smithers, BC. The route starts down Main Street then winds through residential neighbourhoods in Smithers. Scroll to see Route Map

The History of the Smithers Christmas Parade

“The parade was started by a trucker and a mechanic,” says Ben Webb, who created the event with friend Wally Vangrootheest in 2020 as a way to gather community in a celebratory Christmas event during the pandemic lockdown.

“We started this whole event because of Covid, you bet, but it gets better every year… We don’t have extra volunteers, everything you see has been done between two blue-collar men after hours. The route does go down Main Street, just like the Fall Fair parade, but everyone has the option to stand along whichever street they choose… ultimately it would appear many folks enjoy the comfort of staying at their own home or enjoying the community of a warm fire etc. at their neighbour’s home. Not everyone wants to stand outside if it’s -25.

Over the few years we’ve done it, it’s been amazing to see the fires set up in front yards, the groups gathered at the end of driveways or kids yelling “here they come!” and everyone running for the window. What you may not see as a bystander, we see.”

The event is sponsored by Walkat Holdings Ltd. and Ben Webb Trucking

2023 ROUTE


The 4th Annual Smithers Christmas Parade is December 23, 2023 starting at 7pm

For Participants

  • If you’d like to enter a float this year, there will be a $5 charge to help cover the cost of the event or 3 non-perishable food items for the food bank. please contact Ben Webb or Wally Vangrootheest to sign up!
  • This year there will also be a prize for best decorated float valued around $450 sponsored and/or supplied by Walkat Holdings Ltd, Oscar's Fly & Tackle Shop, Sausage Factory, Bulkley Valley Hive & Honey and Smithers Brewing Company, so bring your A game!!
  • Meet behind Veterans Park, on Railway Ave. behind  the Smithers Library, at 6pm to get in a line and go over the route.

“We can’t wait to see everyone set up with fires, lawn chairs, cars lining the streets and smiling faces waving from the warm indoors!!” says Ben.

Photo Thomas Camus

Photo Thomas Camus

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