Santa Claus parade rings in holiday season

The holiday season kicks off in Williams Lake this weekend with a number of events geared to all ages.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in the lakecity Saturday with a full parade.

Saturday morning the Santa Claus Parade will muster in the parking lot behind the Cariboo Memorial Complex and begin travelling at 11:30 a.m. down Seventh Avenue and then along Oliver Street to Spirit Square.

Several floats, various service clubs, school groups, Scouts, Guides and several of his helpers and favourtie reindeer will be in the parade.

Santa will be in Spirit Square all afternoon giving away candy canes and taking children’s Christmas wishes. Bring your camera to capture the moment.

There will be games for kids such as the beanbag toss, under the big top tent with about 100 prizes to give away.

Entertainment includes horse drawn wagon rides and music by Oren Barter, Rosetta Paxton and friends, Williams Lake Seniors’ Choir, Williams Lake Men’s Choir and the Williams Lake Community Band.

Chilcotin Road Elementary School students will also be returning with a new flashmob dance.

Oliver Street between First and Second avenue will be closed during the festivities.

There will be hot chocolate, apple cider, and popcorn available for free or if people wish they can also make a donation for families in need this Christmas.

There will also be several food vendors and artisans on site.

The Studio Theatre will be hosting two improv shows in the Limelight Theatre, one free at 3 p.m. and the other with a donation to the food bank at 6 p.m. with a special performance by the Lake City Secondary School Band.

At 4:30 p.m. Santa flips the switch in Spirit Square to light up the community for the holidays.

Black Friday Draw Tonight

The popular U.S. shopping extravaganza Black Friday proved to be so popular in Williams Lake last year that the BIA is bringing the event back for an encore tonight.

Participants visiting local businesses will have an opportunity to put their names in a draw box to win a white Christmas tree decorated with gift certificates donate by local businesses. In order to win people have to be at Lake City Glass for the draw at 9 p.m. Friday evening.

Recycled Christmas

The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society is hosting its third annual Earth Friendly Holiday Event at the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Centre tonight. Drop by to work with local naturalists and artists on creating crafty, recycled, natural holiday decorations.

Participants can make pottery ornaments, God’s eyes, cedar bough wreaths, bird feeders, ornaments, and cards, birch bark bird houses etc.

All supplies will be provide as well as light goodies and beverages.

The event takes place Friday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Memory Tree Celebration

The annual Memory Tree Celebration takes place Sunday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Williams Lake city hall council chambers and lobby. The event is hosted and organized by the Central Cariboo Hospice Palliative Care Society.

The program will include performances by Jean Wellburn on harp, the Williams Lake  Men’s Choir, and the Seniors’ Choir. The celebration ends with the lighting of the Memory Tree outside city hall at 4:30 p.m.

Greatest moments of the Louisiana Hayride

The Greatest Moments of the Louisiana Hayride Show will be at the Gibraltar Room, Saturday, Nov. 30 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at Andre’s Electronic Experts, Audio Video Unlimited, About Face Photography and M&M Meat Shops

The Louisiana Hayride was a live radio show that ran from 1948 to 1960 and was instrumental in launching the careers of some of the greatest names in music history.

The show features songs made famous by Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, Elvis and many more.

 

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