Downtown Squamish: The Heart of Our Holidays

BiancaBy Bianca Peters
Published: Nov. 29, 2014



Season’s Greetings from the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association (DSBIA)! It’s been an extremely successful year downtown and what a better way to wrap up 2014 than to celebrate the Holidays?

The mandate of the DSBIA is to stimulate and promote the downtown neighbourhood as a vibrant hub of the community. We are a collective voice of the downtown businesses that works together to establish Downtown Squamish as a unique destination attraction and a source of community pride. Over the past year we have achieved this through improvement and beautification projects, including a highly successful façade improvement program and the establishment of a downtown Legacy Park, as well as diverse entertainment, sports and cultural activities like On the Street, enriching Squamish 2014 Celebrating Milestones, Canada Day, Squamish Days, the Squamish Wind Festival and the Squamish Valley Music Festival for the community.

The year 2015 is shaping up to be another exciting year for Downtown Squamish and we look forward to sharing the news with you as it unfolds. In the meantime, take part in the following exciting events this holiday season!

Passport to Shop & Win: November 2- December 19

This holiday season sees the return of the yearly Passport to Shop & Win program supported by local businesses. Shop Local for your chance to WIN! Passports can be picked up at participating merchants found on the back of the cards, the DSBIA website (, and on posters throughout downtown including Save-On Foods and Nesters Market. Each time you shop, receive a stamp for every $10 spent before tax. There is a maximum of 5 full cards per single purchase. Completed stamped cards can be dropped off at participating merchants before the final draw that takes place on December 19. Winners will receive $250, $500 or the grand prize of $1000 Downtown Dollars. 

Be sure to listen to Mountain FM every Friday morning between 8 AM – 9 AM until December 19 for your chance to WIN an additional $100 Downtown Dollars. Enter the weekly draw at the Mountain FM Gold Mine by visiting #ShopLocal #ShopSquamish.

Squamish Christmas Market: December 5

Head downtown on Friday, December 5 for the 8th Annual Squamish Christmas Market. Running from 3 PM- 9 PM, this year’s market will be located on Cleveland Avenue between Winnipeg and Victoria Streets. Enjoy the sounds, smells and sights of a traditional outdoor European Christmas Market with a West Coast twist. Highlights of the event will include photos with Santa and the Grinch, caroling with local musicians, gift-wrapping services, Canadian road hockey, delicious food and a beer garden! More information about the Squamish Christmas Market and Santa Parade can be found on

Santa Claus Parade: December 5

Buddle up and find a spot along the Cleveland Ave route between Pemberton and Main Streets. The Santa Claus Parade begins at 7 PM on Friday, December 5. The streets will be lit up and it’s guaranteed there will a healthy of dose of Christmas magic in the air. Please meet at 6 PM on Third Avenue behind Save-On Foods if you are in the parade.

For more information about the Downtown Squamish BIA, please visit our website and follow us on facebook and twitter.

In the meantime, on behalf of the DSBIA, we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!