The City of Yellowknife will be honouring longtime resident Roland Gosselin, best known as Santa Claus, with a new award at this year’s Santa Claus Parade on November 23rd. The Roland Gosselin Ho Ho Ho Award, a $500 prize, will go to the non-profit with the Best Christmas Spirit.

This award has been made possible by a generous donation from Gosselin’s family, which ensures the Roland Gosselin Ho Ho Ho Award will be presented for the next 10 years.

The City notes that Gosselin’s infectious laugh and booming “Ho Ho Ho” was around for over 50 years and that he travelled to small communities to spread cheer and entertained countless children as Santa.

“It wasn’t just a hobby, he was overjoyed when he landed the Santa Claus gig in the annual Yellowknife Santa Claus parade,” said his daughter, Tanya Miniely. “He had pride in being the best.”

Mayor Rebecca Alty stated that the Roland Gosselin Ho Ho Ho Award is a great way to honour a special resident who made a great contribution to the holiday season for many years.

“His legacy can now continue for years to come.”

This year’s parade takes place on Saturday, November 23rd at 5:00 p.m. and the theme is ‘Winter Wonderland.’ There will be live music inside Centre Square mall and an opportunity to view the floats up close on Franklin Avenue following the parade.