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Annual Santa Claus Parade spreads Christmas cheer in downtown Vancouver

Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the streets of downtown Vancouver to take in the annual winter parade.

Hundreds of thousands lined streets of downtown Vancouver for annual parade

Santa dropped by downtown Vancouver Sunday, entertaining a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

It may only be Dec. 4, but Santa Claus has already come to downtown Vancouver.

The annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade made its way down Georgia and Howe Streets on Sunday afternoon.

Thousands of spectators, many of them families, bundled up against the first of the South Coast's winter chill to take in the festivities.

People lined the streets of downtown Vancouver to catch a glimpse of Santa. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

All of the crowd's Christmas favourites were there — including the edible kind. 

It wouldn't be a Santa parade without a giant gingerbread man. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

And of course, there were lots of community groups performing as part of the parade. 

Performers played a big part of the Vancouver Santa Claus parade, as usual. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

Some familiar favourites made their way down the streets of downtown Vancouver, adding cheer as they walked along. 

Some familiar favourites made an appearance at the Vancouver Santa parade this year. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

Some of the younger people in the audience were very excited about Santa. 

Others didn't seem to know what all the fuss was about. 

Kids were a major part of the audience for the Santa parade. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
A child, alongside her father and brother. waves at the Santa parade in Vancouver. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

And still others were just trying to stay warm during the whole thing. 

A dog sits in his owner's lap at Vancouver Santa parade in 2016. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)