PHOTOS: Hundreds flock to Westshore Town Centre for Santa parade

Vy Duong (right), brought her son, Kevin, to the Santa parade at Westshore Town Centre for the first time on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Vy Duong (right), brought her son, Kevin, to the Santa parade at Westshore Town Centre for the first time on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
(from left) Lauren Clarke, Kylee Young, and Julia Clarke dress up in identical outfits every year for the Santa parade at Westshore Town Centre. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)(from left) Lauren Clarke, Kylee Young, and Julia Clarke dress up in identical outfits every year for the Santa parade at Westshore Town Centre. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Students from Royal Bay Secondary sang popular Christmas tunes at the Santa parade in Westshore Town Centre on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Students from Royal Bay Secondary sang popular Christmas tunes at the Santa parade in Westshore Town Centre on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Black Press Media’s Newsie and CFAX’s Santa Bear were on-site at Westshore Town Centre for the Santa parade. on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Black Press Media’s Newsie and CFAX’s Santa Bear were on-site at Westshore Town Centre for the Santa parade. on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Hundreds gathered at Westshore Town Centre to kick-off the holiday season at the Santa parade on Nov. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

What do rollerskaters, Disney princesses, and Santa Claus have in common? They all were at the Westshore Town Centre for the annual Santa parade on Sunday morning.

Hundreds gathered to kick-off the holiday season, including Vy Duong, who brought her son, Kevin, for the first time.

“I’m so happy that I brought him here,” Duong said. “His favourite one to see was Santa, of course, but also Elsa.”

READ MORE: Pet photos with Santa funds pair of Greater Victoria animal-friendly organizations

ALSO READ: Westshore Town Centre adds sensory-sensitive approach to photos with Santa

Langford resident Jennifer Clarke brought her daughters and their friend, who are wearing matching red onesies and miniature Santa hat headbands. It’s been a tradition for the past four years.

“I love the community vibe to this parade,” Clarke said. “There are lots of familiar faces you get to see and that’s why we come year after year.”

Holiday tunes like All I Want For Christmas Is You and Jingle Bell Rock echoed throughout the mall as the Royal Bay Secondary School choir sang loud and clear, spreading Christmas cheer for all to hear.

Once the parade was over, there was more than enough hot chocolate from Starbucks to warm the crowds. Then, Ol’ Saint Nick claimed his seat and welcomed children of all ages to take photos at his one-of-a-kind cabin.

If you missed the parade, but still want to meet Santa, the opportunity is still open. Parents can bring their kids down to Westshore Town Centre until Christmas Eve. For more info, head over to www.westshoretowncentre.com/events-promotions/.

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com


@iaaronguillen
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hills using a homemade trip camera. Vancouver Island is home to approximately 800 cougars, which makes up about a quarter of the total population in B.C. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hill using a homemade trip camera. Schroyen presents Animal Signs: The Essence of Animal Communication on Nov. 30. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Declining Vancouver Island cougar populations linked to wolves

Large carnivore specialist says human development still plays biggest role on cougar numbers

The West Shore Community Response Network (CRN) is urging awareness around National Fraud Prevention Month, so residents can especially help protect older and vulnerable adults against fraud. (Photo by Joshua Hoehne/Upsplash)
March dialed in as National Fraud Prevention Month

West Shore Community Response Network urges citizens to protect seniors against phone, email scams

Students from SD62 stepped up to help members in the community with the annual 10,000 Tonight food drive. This year’s organizers had to adapt during the campaign as COIVD-19 public health orders changed. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore students step up to make sure community members don’t go without

Students of SD62 are this year’s recipient of the Youth Volunteer Award

A cat died in this house fire in Sidney afternoon. The fire started on the house’s deck and spread from that point. Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brett Mikkelsen said the permanent presence of crews at the Community Safety Building prevented worse damage. (Photo courtesy of Clayton Firth)
Sidney house fire kills cat, causes extensive damage

Official says fire started on deck and damage to the house could have been worse

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour on Saturday morning. (Photo submitted)
Search underway for missing woman after boat catches fire in Ladysmith harbour

A large boat caught fire on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 27

Lone orca from a pod that made its way north from Georgia Strait and into Discovery Passage on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Ella Smiley/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Comoxvalleywildlifesightings/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings </a>
Island wildlife viewers thrilled by close view of passing Orca pod

Group gives wildlife photographers a classic opportunity to view them off Campbell River shoreline

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Most Read