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.
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.
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.