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While Chilliwack Xmas Parade Is A No Go- Council Pass “Christmas Village” and “Light Up Chilliwack”

Chilliwack – At Tuesday November 2 council meeting (2PM), Chilliwack City Council approved two Christmas events to replace the cancelled Xmas Parade.

For the past five years the City of Chilliwack has enjoyed a very successful partnership with several local
Rotary clubs to host the annual Christmas Parade with the City contributing an annual fee of $18,000.00. With the
implementation of COVID restrictions, set out by the Provincial Health Authority, there was no ability to offer the
event in 2020. The Christmas Parade Committee did attempt to plan for a 2021 event but again the provincial
health edicts put the planning process behind and the decision to postpone the parade for one more year was
deemed necessary.

Although different in scope there are two holiday events being proposed and which will offer a festive opportunity
to the residents of Chilliwack.

The first event is the “Downtown Chilliwack Country Christmas Village”. Situated in the heart of downtown
Chilliwack this event will commence December 4, 2021 and will run through the holiday season ending December
30, 2021. The event is being hosted by the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association and will
involve an outdoor Christmas Villa located at 46187 Yale Road, an indoor Christmas Village located at 46199
Yale Road, food trucks and Christmas Carolers throughout the downtown core as well as train rides touring District
1881, Mill Street and Central Community Park.

The Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association is requesting $10,000.00 in support funding as well
as support in preparing the vacant lot located at 46187 Yale Road where the outdoor village will be hosted. The
cost for this is estimated to be $6,000.00.

The second event is the “Light Up Chilliwack” event which is to be held Thursday December 2, 2021 from 5:00 pm
– 9:30 pm and on the Chilliwack Coliseum Parking lot located at and hosted by the Chilliwack Chamber of
Commerce in partnership with the Chilliwack Chiefs. The event is proposed to be a drive-through and would
involve a number of Chamber members, and local businesses who would decorate a booth or vehicle offering the
cars participating a spectacle of lights. Candy and popcorn would be given to the vehicles and a variety of
characters would interact with the visiting vehicles. The hosts are requested $10,000.00; however, this level of
funding exceeds the 33% maximum contribution level set out in the Community Development Initiative Funding
Policy Directive C-13, under which program this application is applied for. A matching fund to the Chilliwack
Chamber of Commerce s $3,250.00, plus staff and other in-kind resources is being proposed as a contribution
from the City.

Both the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association s Country Christmas Village and the
Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce “Light Up Chilliwack events will be seeking donations for local charities and
both events are eligible for funding under the Community Development Initiative Funding Policy Directive C-13.

Both events can be handled under the current budget.

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