The Winter Lights Festival Santa Parade coming up on Saturday

The Winter Lights Festival Santa Parade coming up on Saturday

Old fashioned country Christmas: theme for Winter Lights Festival

Harking back to days of old, the annual Williams Lake Winter Lights Festival offers three days of fun for the whole family.

By Kate Lines

December 4, 5 and 6, something amazing is happening in downtown Williams Lake: The Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Association (WLCBIA) and downtown merchants are hosting a spectacular Winter Lights Festival for the pleasure of all locals and visitors — a three-day festival overflowing with free old fashioned country Christmas family fun.

Imagine streets glittering with winter lights as festival goers gaze happily at windows decorated with old fashioned country Christmas themes.

Laughter and music fill the air as people pause to take selfies at the many photo-friendly old-fashioned scenes decorating the sidewalks.

Buskers and performers delight onlookers on sidewalks outside, in stores, and in cafes.

A group of carollers carrying hand-made lanterns moves cheerfully through the crowd.  Everyone is excitedly discussing where they’ve just been and where they want to go next.

There are so many fun activities to choose from!

Should they make gingerbread houses, or enter the Ugly Christmas Sweater Scavenger Hunt, or try the Cakewalk Commercials, or maybe it’s time to taste a new festive menu item created by a local chef!

What about the indoor family relay games, the free old fashioned family photos taken by pro photographers, and all the Do-It-Yourself workshops?

With so much going on, how can a festival goer make sure they don’t miss anything?

Well, the WLCBIA has got you covered.  Their Winter Lights planning committee is creating a festival booklet to list everything there is to see and do during this fabulous three days.

There is a walking map to show the locations of the 37 downtown merchants who have entered the Old Fashioned Country Christmas window decorating contest – and festival goers are invited to  “like” their favourite windows on Facebook.

Another walking map shows the locations of all the Old Fashioned selfie stations – with a challenge to festival goers to get their photo taken at each one and post them all on Facebook.

Of course, there is a walking map to show the Santa Parade route.

The route and parade time are different this year so make sure you look at the map before the festival!

The WLCBIA is having the parade after dark to feature the magical atmosphere created by sparkling floats as they sail gracefully from Fourth to Proctor to Second to Yorston to First to Oliver to Third and back up to Proctor.

All are welcome to participate in the parade. Just stop by the WLCBIA office at 327 Oliver to sign up.

In the festival booklet is also a “birds-eye view” of the festival showing the locations and start/finish times of each activity and event.

From this vantage point people will appreciate that the festival is planned so the crowd can spread out and enjoy many different things at once, and then come together again for main events and attractions.

Some of the highlights that will bring the full festival crowd together on Friday are carolling from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and a dance-band performance from 7 to 9 p.m.

The full festival crowd will also want to gather together Saturday when the Timber Kings are live at Spirit Square from 3 to 5:30 p.m., when the Santa Parade is in motion from 6 to 7 p.m., and when dance music is again performed from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday will bring all festival goers together one last time as the Town Crier announces all the festival winners at 11a.m.

Immediately afterward a dramatic countdown to 12 noon begins, a countdown to madness — Midday Madness!

Door crashers, red-light sales, and other deal-of-a-lifetime opportunities will have savvy shoppers on their toes from 12 to 4 p.m.

The festival booklet is full of sneak previews of some of the outrageous sale items to be had — but many outrageous deals will remain secret — only to be revealed at strategic moments by the Town Crier.

Especially important in the festival booklet are all the names of the generous sponsors who have made this three-day extravaganza possible.

Many businesses will be donating volunteer hours, supplies or cash to ensure that the festival is free for the community.

If anyone is wanting to volunteer or become a sponsor for the festival, please contact the WLCBIA office at info@wlcbia.com.

The WLCBIA is grateful for the ongoing support of The City of Williams Lake, the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, and the Cariboo Regional District.

Don’t forget to mark Dec. 4, 5, and 6 on your calendars and to make sure all your friends and family, from near and from far, come together to warm their hands at old fashioned burn barrels, sip hot apple cider and hot chocolate, and celebrate the magic of Winter Lights in downtown Williams Lake.

This is the event we’ll never forget.

Don’t miss a moment!

Winter Lights Festival Hours

Friday, Dec. 4, 2 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 5, 2 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 6, 11 to 4 p.m.

Kate Lines is co-ordinating the city’s Winter Lights festival this year on behalf of the BIA.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Williams Lake city council is interested in acquiring the former Poplar Glade School property on Eleventh Avenue. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake city council sets sights on two former school properties

School District said there is a five-step process for property disposal

School District 27 (SD27) issued notice Thursday, Feb. 25 of a COVID-19 exposure at Mountview Elementary School. (Angie Mindus photo)
School district reports positive COVID-19 case in Williams Lake elementary school

A letter went home to families of Mountview Elementary School

The City of Williams Lake is asking for public feedback on whether it should explore the opportunity to host a Greater Metro Hockey League team in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
City of Williams Lake seeks feedback on hosting junior hockey league team

A league expansion application in Quesnel is also pending

A rainbow shining on Kelowna General Hospital on May 12, 2020 International Nurses Day. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
New COVID cases trending down in Interior Health

24 new cases reported Thursday, Feb. 25, death at Kelowna General Hospital

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Carolyn Howe, a kindergarten teacher and vice president of the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association, says educators are feeling the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and the influx of pressure that comes with it. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Stress leave, tears and insomnia: Island teachers feel the strain of COVID-19

Teachers still adjusting to mask and cleaning rules, pressures from outside and within

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of 3 B.C. men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Most Read