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.

 

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

Just Posted

Williams Lake musicians Evan Jensen and LeRae Haynes continue to share songs through social media, something they started when the COVID-19 pandemic first began. (Photo submitted)
OUR HOMETOWN: Musical generosity abounds

A Williams Lake couple continue to share music through social media

Luke Lavigne of Clearwater is the 2020 recipient of the North Thompson Communities Foundation’s Donnie Nicholson Memorial Trades Bursary, and is shown here on Jan. 23 receiving the $1,500 cheque from NTCF treasurer Cheryl Thomas. (NTCF Facebook photo)
Clearwater’s Luke Lavigne awarded Donnie Nicholson Memorial Trades Bursary

Congratulations to Luke Lavigne of Clearwater, B.C., on the successful completion of… Continue reading

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, updates British Columbians about COVID-19 at a press conference earlier this week. (B.C. Government image)
B.C.’s 1st case of COVID-19 confirmed a year ago today

Here’s a look at some of the key dates in the province’s fight against the novel coronavirus

The Canadian Cancer Society Office located inside the Williams Lake Seniors Activity Centre closed its doors this month after being notified the CCS would be moving to regional offices located across Canada. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Canadian Cancer Society closes office in Williams Lake

“I didn’t realize how hard it would hit me when it actually closed down,” Allan said.

Toronto’s Mass Vaccination Clinic is shown on Sunday January 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Interior Health reports 2 more deaths, 83 new COVID-19 cases

Health authority also identifies new virus cluster in Fernie

British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addresses the media during a news conference at the BC Centre of Disease Control in Vancouver B.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
B.C. announces 485 new COVID-19 cases, fewest deaths in months

‘The actions we take may seem small, but will have a big impact to stop the virus,” urges Dr. Henry

Sooke’s Amy McLaughlin holds Theodore, a bunny who will be going to a new owner in Nanaimo within the coming days if all goes will at an upcoming bunny play-date. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Vancouver Island woman looking to hop into bigger space for bunny rescue operation

Amy McLaughlin has rescued more than 400 bunnies, pushing for the capacity to help more

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

Grad student Marisa Harrington and her supervisor Lynneth Stuart-Hill say preliminary results from a study into the affects of stress on hospital nurses show an impact on sleep and heart variability. (Courtesy of Marisa Harrington)
University of Victoria study shows stress impact on B.C. nurses

Stress may be impacting sleep, heart health of hospital nurses in Victoria region

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Search called off for small plane that went down in rough water south of Victoria

Plane bound for Port Angeles from Alaska believed to have one occupant, an Alaskan pilot

Royal B.C. Museum conservator Megan Doxsey-Whitfield kneels next to a carved stone pillar believed to have significance as a First Nations cultural marker by local Indigenous people. The pillar was discovered on the beach at Dallas Road last summer. Museum curatorial staff have been working with Songhees and Esquimalt Nation representatives to gain a clearer picture of its use. (Photo courtesy Royal BC Museum)
Stone carving found on Victoria beach confirmed Indigenous ritual pillar

Discussion underway with the Esquimalt and Songhees about suitable final home for the artifact

Former Vancouver Giants forward Evander Kane is seen here in Game 7 of the second round of the 2009 WHL playoffs against the Spokane Chiefs (Sam Chan under Wikipedia Commons licence)
Gambling debts revealed in details of bankruptcy filing by hockey star Evander Kane

Sharks left winger and former Vancouver Giants player owes close to $30 million total

Othman “Adam” Hamdan, pictured in front of Christina Lake’s Welcome Centre, was acquitted of terrorism related charges in 2017. He has been living in Christina Lake since November 2020. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Man acquitted on terrorism charges awaits deportation trial while living in Kootenays

Othman Ayed Hamdan said he wants to lead a normal life while he works on his upcoming book

B.C. Premier John Horgan wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 prior to being sworn in by The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia during a virtual swearing in ceremony in Victoria, Thursday, November 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Premier Horgan calls jumping COVID vaccine queue ‘un-Canadian’

Horgan says most people in B.C. are doing their best to follow current public health guidelines

Most Read