Santa Brock (left) Craig Smith and Milo the Cat at the Veternarian Hospital.

Santa Brock (left) Craig Smith and Milo the Cat at the Veternarian Hospital.

Holiday spirit alive and well in Williams Lake

Lakecity residents came out in numbers to enjoy Christmas themed events today.

Lakecity residents came out in numbers to enjoy Christmas themed events today.

The aptly timed snowfall of Friday night truly made for a festive scene as residents enjoyed the downtown Winter Lights Festival.

For hours families walked from store to store taking in all the downtown business core has to offer with a variety of fun events at dozens of participating businesses.

Meanwhile, others hopped in their cars and drove out to Sugarcane for a Christmas Bazaar, hosted by the T’exelc Elders. Located in the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium this homegrown craft fair offered handmade jewellery, home-baked goods and a wide variety of other items.

Up at the Veterinarian Hospital, Santa Brock was posing for photos with families, children and their pets with Coun. Craig Smith providing the photography.

In the past, they’ve taken photos of everything from horses, dogs to goats and everything in between.

Here at the Tribune we had our annual toy drive and raffle and were able to easily fill up the back of the Salvation Army’s Truck. Watch the Livestream below for the winners of our raffle.

Finally, after carolling with LeRae Haynes at Spirit Square, Winter Lights Festival attendees gathered to watch a bakers dozens worth of parade floats proceed downtown.

Anticipation was high as residents of all ages lined the streets with smiling children, young families and grandparents out in force. The lights hung by the City of Williams Lake across the downtown provided a beautiful backdrop as parade attendees waited in the brisk weather.

Finally, with the blare of an RCMP siren, the parade curved its way down from City Hall. Floats of all kinds were present, from colourfully dressed trailers to Christmas light strewn big rigs all while festive music played across the procession.

Candy canes and other gifts were given out freely while the delight in children’s eyes as Santa Claus rode by on a fire truck was obvious and touching.

Indeed, while it was Downtown Williams Lake’s intent to light up the downtown, they truly lit the Christmas spirit in children.

All in all the first day of December set the mood perfectly for the coming holiday season.



patrick.davies@wltribune.com

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Eden (from left), Owen and Nyla McMartin poses with Santa Brock and their dogs Sadie (from left) Hayes and Jimmy.

Eden (from left), Owen and Nyla McMartin poses with Santa Brock and their dogs Sadie (from left) Hayes and Jimmy.

Sadie was adopted by the McMartin family after no one wished to adopt her, due to her missing eye.                                Sadie was adopted by the McMartin family after no one wished to adopt her, due to her missing eye.

Sadie was adopted by the McMartin family after no one wished to adopt her, due to her missing eye. Sadie was adopted by the McMartin family after no one wished to adopt her, due to her missing eye.

Santa Brock with a pair of dogs.

Santa Brock with a pair of dogs.

Greg the Goat in the Veternarian Hospital prior to his photoshoot with Santa.

Greg the Goat in the Veternarian Hospital prior to his photoshoot with Santa.

Emma Brink and her pet miniature goat Greg with Santa Brock.

Emma Brink and her pet miniature goat Greg with Santa Brock.

Gregory Alphonse selling 50/50 tickets to raise money for the T’exelc Elder’s trip to Vancouver in 2019.

Gregory Alphonse selling 50/50 tickets to raise money for the T’exelc Elder’s trip to Vancouver in 2019.

Girl Guides Kara Mcalpine and Payton Purdy selling girl guide cookies at Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium.                                Girl Guides Kara Mcalpine and Payton Purdy selling girl guide cookies at Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium.

Girl Guides Kara Mcalpine and Payton Purdy selling girl guide cookies at Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium. Girl Guides Kara Mcalpine and Payton Purdy selling girl guide cookies at Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium.

Vendors of all ages and specialties pedal their wares at the Sugarcane Christmas Bazaar.

Vendors of all ages and specialties pedal their wares at the Sugarcane Christmas Bazaar.

LeRae Haynes leads Christmas carols at Spirit Square just prior to the Winter Lights Festival.

LeRae Haynes leads Christmas carols at Spirit Square just prior to the Winter Lights Festival.

Members of Central Cariboo Search and Rescue hand out candy canes to Winter Lights Parade attendees.

Members of Central Cariboo Search and Rescue hand out candy canes to Winter Lights Parade attendees.

Patrick Davies photos                                Christmas Carollers sing while rolling along in the Winter Lights Parade Saturday evening in downtown Williams Lake as part of Downtown Williams Lake a initiative to bring more traffic to local business in the downtown core. Hundreds of lakecity residents took part in the day’s events and evening festivities.

Patrick Davies photos Christmas Carollers sing while rolling along in the Winter Lights Parade Saturday evening in downtown Williams Lake as part of Downtown Williams Lake a initiative to bring more traffic to local business in the downtown core. Hundreds of lakecity residents took part in the day’s events and evening festivities.

A truck decked out with Irish and UK Flags rolling down Oliver Street.

A truck decked out with Irish and UK Flags rolling down Oliver Street.

A family waves from the back of their parade float car in the Winter Lights Festival Parade.

A family waves from the back of their parade float car in the Winter Lights Festival Parade.

Santa waves from the top of a firetruck to children ringing either side of Oliver Street.

Santa waves from the top of a firetruck to children ringing either side of Oliver Street.

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