The BIA is once again ramping up for its Winter Lights Festival for three days of Christmas shopping bargains and fun for children and families in downtown Williams Lake. This year’s Santa Parade takes place on Saturday

The BIA is once again ramping up for its Winter Lights Festival for three days of Christmas shopping bargains and fun for children and families in downtown Williams Lake. This year’s Santa Parade takes place on Saturday

BIA to host Winter Lights Festival

Santa is coming to town for the annual Winter Lights Festival with three days of great Christmas bargain shopping and fun for all.

Santa is coming to town for the lakecity’s annual Winter Lights Festival set for the first weekend in December with three days of great Christmas bargain shopping and fun for children and families.

Carolling and visiting downtown businesses with mummers singing for treats and late night shopping are all in the delicious mix kicking off the festival on Friday, Dec. 2.

The public is invited to join music and choir leader Angela Sommer for a carol sing  starting at 6 p.m. at the BIA office at corner of Third Ave. and Oliver Street.

Remember the visions of sugar plums dancing in the heads of children at Christmas time?

Well this festival children and families can also follow along with Sommer and her choir of mummers as they visit downtown businesses singing carols for treats.

People can also form their own little choirs and walk through participating stores singing for treats, says the BIA’s Kate Lines.

“Friday, Dec. 2 is a chance to enjoy some late-night Christmas shopping while carollers are bringing cheer to downtown streets,” she notes.

Saturday, Dec. 3 the festival excitement continues with the annual Santa Parade along Oliver Street from 11 a.m. to noon.

Santa and members of the Studio Theatre will continue on to entertain children and families at CJ’s Restaurant from noon to 2 p.m.

Christmas stories will also be told at the Williams Lake library from noon to 4 p.m.

“The BIA is bringing a story teller up from Vancouver to offer a very special Christmas storytelling event,” Lines says. “The library has generously donated their space to host storytelling every half hour for 15 minutes from noon to 4 p.m. Families can rest and get warm while enjoying Christmas stories.”

This day will continue with great Christmas shopping opportunities as downtown businesses offer outrageous bargains during the Midday Madness shopping event from noon to 4 p.m.

Watch for the advertisement on these tremendous Christmas offerings in the Tribune, Wednesday,  Nov. 30, Lines says.

Sunday, Dec. 4 the festival continues with a free skate from 1 to 4:15 p.m. at the Cariboo Memorial Complex with prize draws provided by downtown businesses.

“Come and enjoy a free skate, and fill out some ballots to win prizes donated by downtown businesses,” Lines says. Prize draws will be made from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

The Winter Lights Festival is a partnership event provided by the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area Association, Cariboo Regional District, City of Williams Lake, and the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society.


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