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The weekend after Thanksgiving is when many Americans begin to look toward Christmas, and Canada’s Yukon Territory offers a fun-filled festival that is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Winterval, hosted by Yukon Educational Theatre and held annually in Whitehorse, provides family fun with the Winterval Santa Parade, tree-lighting ceremony and Waterfront Winter Arts Festival.
On Saturday, Nov. 30, the festivities begin at 3:30 p.m., as the Santa Parade marches along Main Street, just a couple of blocks from the Westmark Whitehorse. And you don’t have to be a spectator – you can actually be part of the parade! Whether you dress up in holiday garb or even create your own float, you are invited to join in the action.
After the parade makes its way to the White Pass Building, all attention turns to the spectacular Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which is scheduled for 4 p.m.
From there, the fun heads indoors for the Waterfront Arts Festival at the Old Fire Hall. Whether participating in a free jar lantern workshop or posing with Santa for a photo, attendees will leave with a fun keepsake as well as lots of warm holiday memories.