Santa Claus comes to Yellowknife early to beat December cold

Organizers of this year's Santa Claus parade say it's bigger than the past couple of years.

Parade starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall

Twenty-five floats are expected to make their way along Franklin Avenue for Yellowknife's Santa Claus Parade Saturday at 6 p.m. (Destination Centre Ville.)

The City of Yellowknife says Saturday's Santa Claus parade will be bigger than in recent years.

Twenty-five floats are expected to take part in the event, from organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Joint Task Force North and the SnowKing castle, says special events co-ordinator Sandra Nielsen. 

"There's traditionally the same core group that enters every year," Nielsen said. "But easily half of our groups are new ones this year, which is fantastic."

The 2014 Santa Claus parade in Yellowknife starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at City Hall. (Credit: City of Yellowknife)

The parade's theme is "The 12 Days of Christmas," which Nielsen says float-makers can interpret any way they'd like.

"Maybe one of every single part of the song, or maybe there's just going to be seven swans a-swimming, or 11 pipers piping.

"I think some people are really, really keen to keep that top secret." 

Nielsen says she expects about 500 people to watch the show after dusk Saturday evening. 

Temperatures are supposed to hold at around -11 C, according to Environment Canada, but Nielsen says the city will still have warming buses available for people along Franklin Avenue.  

The parade starts at 6 p.m. at Yellowknife City Hall. It will head down Franklin Avenue towards 49th Street and end at Sir John Franklin High School.