This year’s Winter Lights Parade will be sure to light up the night in downtown Williams Lake Saturday at 5 p.m. The parade begins on Borland Street, turns at Mart Start where it will continue along Oliver Street until making a sharp right at 1st Ave. The parade wraps up by winding its way back down Borland Street.

Festive weekend ahead for lakecity residents

Williams Lake will be buzzing with Christmas cheer this weekend as multiple events are slated

Williams Lake will be buzzing with Christmas cheer this weekend as multiple events are slated to help ring in the holidays.

Earth Friendly

Holiday Event

The Earth Friendly Holiday Event put on by the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society will take place Friday evening and Saturday at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre.

The free event offers Eco-friendly Christmas crafting. Participants are encouraged to bring warm clothing or a nonperishable food item for the Giving Tree.

Sugarcane Christmas Bazaar

Join the T’exelc Elders in the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium for a Christmas-themed bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participate in a 50/50 draw, a loonie auction, while grabbing some food from the concession and browse through an assortment of unique vendors selling their handcrafted wares.

SWING NIGHT at the Limelight

Join the Cariboo Gold Dance Band and world-famous trumpeter Donnie Clark for a night of swing, jazz, Latin and pop music.

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Starting at 6:30 p.m. this child-friendly event costs $20 for adults and $15 for kids. Tickets are available at The Open Book.

Pet Photos with Santa

Some people say their pets are their children, so it only follows they’d want a picture of their fur babies with Santa Claus. At the Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital this Saturday, Cariboo residents have an opportunity to bring their pets of any variety to the annual Pet Photos with Santa.

While there be sure to pickup the SPCA yearly calendar to help support the animal shelter.

The event is hosted annually by the staff of the Williams Lake Vet Hospital. Photography is being donated by Williams Lake City Coun. and photographer Craig Smith.

The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 306 Broadway Ave. N.

All proceeds go to the Williams Lake SPCA.

Winter Lights

Festival

Bigger and brighter than ever, the annual Winter Lights Festival is this weekend.

Lakecity residents are invited to experience all the downtown core has to offer through a variety of activities.

Pickup your map from the Downtown Williams Lake office or The Realm of Toys for a full guide to all of the day’s activities which include going directly into businesses to participate in holiday-themed activities, to carolling before the Winter Lights Parade or taking part in Deals After Dark.

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From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. festive family activities will be taking place in 16 businesses in downtown Williams Lake featuring everything from cupcake tasting to decoration making taking place in stores.

Before the parade, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. there will be carolling led by LeRae Haynes, along with a Christmas tree lighting at Spirit Square.

At 5 p.m. the Winter Lights Parade will make its way through the downtown core with floats from over a dozen participating businesses.

The evening, however, does not conclude with the parade.

Following the parade, a “Midnight Madness” style event called Downtown Deals After Dark runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 17 participating businesses.

Consisting of just two hours of deals at various businesses, the event aims to provide an opportunity for residents to get some Christmas shopping done.

On Sunday, Dec. 2 there is one final event at Paradise Cinemas — a free showing of the Christmas classic Home Alone beginning at 3 p.m.

Entry is by donation for the food bank.


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