By Breanne Massey
Special to the Pioneer
The 32nd annual torchlight parade and fireworks are returning to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area on Christmas Eve.
Visitors and locals alike are being invited to participate in a long-standing East Kootenay tradition to kick off the holidays with cheer.
“The 32nd Annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks are on December 24th at 6 p.m. sharp,” said Nancy Hetherington, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort spokesperson, while adding that many skiers and snowboarders ride down to the bottom of the hill to watch the festivities.
And this year, there will be a couple of ways to sweeten the evening.
“Santa will be sharing candy canes with the little ones at the base of the hill. This year the fireworks will be enhanced for an even more dazzling display.”
However, there is one major highlight that returns to Ms. Hetherington every season with this memorable event.
“The favourite part of the event, for me, is seeing all ages oohing and aahing throughout the parade and fireworks,” she added. “It is great to see new faces and to see those that have been coming from the start (first event), including Santa. For many families this is the kick-off to their Christmas celebrations.”
The Ski Hill Cafeteria and Desparados Lounge will be open for the event which will allow guests to enjoy snacks and beverages.
There will be no admission fee charged to attend this event but Ms. Hetherington added that guests should arrive early to find a parking spot due to the increasing popularity of this community event.