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Ladner Village to become a Winter Wonderland
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and next week Ladner Village will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland. The Ladner Business Association is presenting its first annual Christmas Tree lighting Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. While Ladner Village has done a tree lighting in years past as part of the Carol Ships Parade of Lights, organizer Jill McKnight says the LBA is kicking the event up a notch this year.
“We wanted to make an event at low to no cost so all the families can come and gather and celebrate,” says McKnight. “But kids or no kids, there will be something for everyone. The goal is to make it appeal to all ages.”
This year’s event will feature live music from Tony Barton and his Jingle Belles, along with guest performer Chris Davis on trumpet.
There will be a Christmas Quilt display organized by the Quilted Bear, carolers strolling through the village, as well as free hot chocolate and snacks.
Kids can drop off their letters to Santa at the specialty mailbox, and enter the Christmas Tree Festival colouring contest for a chance to win a Vancouver Giants family package of tickets.
Santa himself will be on hand to officially light the Ladner Village Christmas tree at approximately 7:10 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.
“Or snow,” says McKnight.
Earthwise offers workshops in natural holiday decor
Get in a festive mood at the Earthwise Farm and Garden with a winter wreath workshop with Sue Earles. The hands-on holiday themed workshop will have participants learning the different aspects of building a winter wreath using natural elements easily found in the backyard, the community, and on the farm.
Reduce, reuse and recycle by “up-cycling” or repurposing an old Christmas ornament by leaning how to wire wrap it into an accent piece to customize the wreath with family memories the eco-friendly way.
Workshops will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Bring your own greenery, and any special ornaments you want to use. The rest of the supplies and equipment are provided.
While you’re there, be sure to visit the Earthwise Farm Store, open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is stocked with certified organic produce fresh from the Earthwise Farm, local Westham Island honey and other great and green holiday gift giving ideas.
Some bundles of greenery will be available for purchase in the Farm Store if needed.
The cost for the workshop is $20 per person. Preregistration is required and space is limited. If you would like to participate, or for more information, contact Earthwise Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 946 9828.
• The Earthwise Garden and Farm is located at 6400 3rd Avenue in Boundary Bay, Tsawwassen.