Clayton and Joelle Parsons sing Christmas carols in Candy Cane Lane as part of the Reverse Christmas Parade 2020 organized by Connect Church. Trevor Crawley photo.

Clayton and Joelle Parsons sing Christmas carols in Candy Cane Lane as part of the Reverse Christmas Parade 2020 organized by Connect Church. Trevor Crawley photo.

Christmas spirit comes alive with reverse drive-thru parade

COVID-19 can’t crush the Christmas spirit.

Local residents took to the streets in their vehicles on Saturday night as part of a ‘reverse’ Christmas parade organized by Connect Church.

The church created a map of notable Christmas light displays and yard setups around town, with stops for contactless donations to local charitable causes.

The Salvation Army raised $2,755.40 for the emergency food program, the Cranbrook Food Bank filled a utility trailer of donated items while also raising $1,363, and Cranbrook Dodge and the Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club filled a truck and a van full of toys.

Some neighbourhoods were alive with the sound of music, as Clayton and Joelle Parsons sang Christmas carols at Candy Cane Lane , and Caitlyn McCaughey sang songs at the Salvation Army, while Mal Peterson and Carey Henry also performed at a live nativity scene on the parade route.