The annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Get ready for the 2020 Rotary Christmas Show on Dec. 5. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

The annual Rotary Christmas Parade won’t be going ahead this year as it did last year, rolling through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Get ready for the 2020 Rotary Christmas Show on Dec. 5. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Exciting Rotary Christmas Show will be in lieu of downtown Chilliwack parade for 2020

They’ll wave the holiday flag in a new way that is a “celebration of Christmas” for Chilliwack

The countdown to Christmas will officially kick off in Chilliwack with the 2020 Rotary Christmas Show on Dec. 5.

“Because of COVID-19 safety concerns around large gatherings, sadly but understandably the traditional Rotary Christmas Parade had to be cancelled,” said Christmas Show organizer Megan Shields, president of Chilliwack Rotaract.

Excitement is nonetheless building for the Rotary Christmas Show that will go live at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 on ChillTV.ca.

“We were so disappointed but we came up with a fabulous idea, a way to wave the holiday flag in a new exciting way that is a celebration of Christmas,” Shields said.

Of course the Christmas Show show can’t “replace” the parade, she said, but it will continue in the same spirit, and remind everyone during the pandemic that is possible to “prosper and persevere.”

“Our family-friendly event promises to be the biggest event of the holiday season,” the organizer promised.

The 2020 Rotary Christmas Show will feature a 60-minute program of traditional Christmas acts including music, comedy and dance that will showcase the best of what Chilliwack has to offer.

“We’re sitting at around 20 acts right now, plus or minus a few that still need to confirm.”

Here are some of the acts:

• Trevor McDonald

• Steve “Elvis” Elliott

• G.W. Graham Jazz Band

• Sardis SS Guitar Band

• Sardis SS Jazz Band

• Sardis Children Centre

• Comedy

• Ballet

• Tap

The 2020 Rotary Christmas Show will see a “revolving set of hosts” take the reins to introduce the acts during the broadcast, and the Man in the Red Suit may be one of them, the organizer hinted.

The show is being planned by the Chilliwack Fraser and Chilliwack Rotary Clubs. Organizers secured $12,000 funding from City of Chilliwack to host a one-hour variety shown for children, with music, entertainment and skits to be broadcast live online.

The online Christmas Show is at least something to replace the Rotary Christmas Parade that would normally light up the streets of downtown Chilliwack in early December.

“Due to COVID-19 related restrictions on mass gatherings, The Christmas Parade committee felt it would be inappropriate to host a parade that would see thousands of residents gather in the downtown core,” according to the city staff report from the Oct. 22 council meeting.

The Rotary Christmas Show will be aired on ChillTV Dec. 5 starting at 7 p.m. After the initial broadcast any person can post the livestream links of the event throughout December.

The Christmas Parade Committee was allocated $12,000 from the City of Chilliwack, compared to the previous amount of $18,000 which was provided in past years to coordinate the parade.

Follow their Facebook, Instagram, and Website to get more details in the upcoming weeks.

READ MORE: Rotary clubs join force to host parade

READ MORE: Check out this video of the parade


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