Let the season begin

If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be by the end of this weekend.

If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be by the end of this weekend.

Williams Lake volunteers and businesses are rolling out the red carpet for families, and also for one very special visitor.

Starting Friday, many Williams Lake businesses will be offering sales as part of Black Friday promotions.

On Saturday, of course, our city will be hosting its annual Winter Lights Festival and Santa Claus Parade.

The parade will begin travelling from the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex at about 11:30 a.m. and make its way to Spirit Square downtown, where there will be entertainment, food and refreshments and games for children.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be at Spirit Square following the parade to collect letters and Christmas wishes from children.

Don’t forget Santa will also be having his picture taken Saturday with pets for a donation to the SPCA at the Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital too.

Another worthwhile holiday event taking place Saturday is the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society’s Earth Friendly Holiday Event.

If you haven’t gone before, you should.

This event has been so popular in past years the society has had to move it from Scout Island to the arts centre just to fit everyone in.

As well as being able to make your own natural decorations, you can also make wreaths and bird feeders to give away as gifts.

During the event, the society is also collecting unwanted skates and bicycles that they refurbish and redistribute in the community.

What says Christmas more than that?

During the holiday season there are also many food drives and worthwhile charities in the lakecity which we can all join in to help to make a difference.

As we all know, Christmas can also be a very difficult time for some who struggle with loss through the holidays.

If you are looking for solace, you may find some at the Memory Tree Celebration taking place at Williams Lake City Hall this Sunday afternoon.

And with that in mind, please celebrate the season responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

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