Santa is headed this way

Jolly old Saint Nicholas will be the star of Cranbrook's parade on Friday

Christmas in the Rockies is upon us again and JCI Kootenay (Junior Chambers International) is preparing Santa himself for the downtown fun this Friday, November 30.

The annual Santa Claus Parade will set off on Baker Street at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is Christmas Around the World, and attendees are sure to see some cool float designs showcasing celebrations from around the world.

The parade isn’t the only thing happening in the downtown core. The annual Christmas Light-Up and the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market Winter Market will be on the go as well. It will surely be a busy Friday in Cranbrook’s downtown so be sure to secure a spot early along the parade route.

The deadline for parade entries will be this Wednesday, November 28, and entry is by donation to the Cranbrook Food Bank. Assembly will begin at 6 p.m. before the parade starts at 7 p.m. To enter your float, email Lindsay DiMarcello at santaclausparade@jcikootenay.com or visit Bedroom Furniture Galleries.

The Cranbrook Farmer’s Market Society is gearing up for its third annual Winter Market, and 60 vendors are expected to attend for some unique local Christmas shopping.

The market will start on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1114 Baker Street, right smack dab in the middle of the Christmas action on the streets. Many favourites from the weekly summer markets will be there to sell their creations, along with some winter-centric items like Christmas cards, ornaments, baked goods, gifts and more.

For more information on what to expect, head over to www.cranbrookfarmersmarket.com.