The fun-filled Christmas Craft Fair, Party and Parade is back for another year in downtown Courtenay.

This free family event kick-starts the holiday season on December 1st, this Sunday, and has a food bank drive with cash and non-perishable goods accepted.

At Upper Native Sons Hall, the Gnarly Little Christmas Fair will start things off at 10:00am with over 40 vendors aged 9 to 19-years-old selling stocking-stuffers, baked goods and more.

Captain Thunderpants Christmas Sing-Along, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Akron the Barbarian Juggling Lessons are in the schedule as well at Lower Native Sons Hall starting at 10:30am.

The Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade starts at 2:00pm, travelling from Fitzgerald to Cliffe Ave. on 5th St.

For more information, visit www.courtenay.ca/christmas