Community Christmas Dinner tonight in Fort Nelson

In addition, guests will be treated to live entertainment, a parade, as well as other surprises around the city on Christmas Eve.

The much anticipated dinner was started in 1992 by local emergency services staff, and is put on with the help of many donations and volunteers. Meals are also delivered to local businesses with employees working on Christmas Eve.
Santa Claus will also be in town, starting with a visit in the long-term care ward at the Fort Nelson Hospital and a tour of the town courtesy of emergency services. He will later arrive at the Christmas Dinner via helicopter, courtesy of Highland Helicopters, and will meet with children until 5 p.m. before his big trip around the world. Kids waiting to see Saint Nick can wait on the west side of the Recreation Centre and watch his helicopter land in the overflow parking lot at 1 p.m.
As this is a special year for the dinner, the event will be recorded on video, to coincide with a number of other videos about the event, including a look back at its history and a behind the scenes documentary.
Dinner opens at 1 p.m. at the Recreation Centre Community Hall and closes at 7 p.m. The parade starts at 10:45 a.m. at the hospital and ends at 11:30 at the RCMP detachment. The parade route is available for download below.