Music and caroling are part of the Old Time Christmas tradition in Ladysmith.

Music and caroling are part of the Old Time Christmas tradition in Ladysmith.

Ladysmith & Chemainus get into Christmas spirit

Ladysmith and Chemainus businesses will be staying open late and offering a festive atmosphere to local shoppers this coming week.

Old Tyme Christmas Dec. 4, 5-8 p.m.

Ladysmith’s Old Tyme Christmas will offer a bright, cheerful atmosphere in a ‘family friendly community event’ on Friday, Dec. 4.

“We encourage residents to wander around, bumping into old friends and making new ones, visit their local businesses and shop local during the busy Christmas season,” says a release from the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association.

Many businesses will stay open late and will be offering treats or specials. “We want to highlight the town of Ladysmith as a shopping destination within the region,” says the LDBA release.

There will be:

• Horse carriage rides offered by donation to the Ladysmith Food Bank, leaving from the Library parking lot on First Ave.

• A candle lantern workshop from 5-7 p.m. at the Antique Addict and then a candlelight walk out of the Ladysmith & District Credit Union parking lot after an ‘elf’ warm-up at 7 p.m.

• Visits with Santa at the 49th Parallel Grocery parking lot;

• A live nativity scene at the chess board on First, hosted by St. Joseph’s school;

• Choirs and bands in front of Royal Bank of Canada;

• Free child minding and crafts in the upstairs Legion hall hosted by Oceanview Church, so you can get some shopping done;

• An elf on a shelf treasure hunt in some of the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association members’ businesses – check for stickers on their doors.

The trolley will also be running up and down First Avenue, so if you or your little ones are too tired to walk, you can jump aboard.

More information at ladysmithdowntown.com

Moonlight Madness Dec. 3, 4:30 -8 p.m.

Chemainus businesses will pull out the stops from 4:30 to 8 p.m. with sales, giveaways, food and activities for local shoppers on Thursday, Dec. 3.

“Businesses within the BIA are excited to participate seeing the potential draw and will be staying open late, giving deep discounts, offering mini in-store events, and even prize giveaways,” says a release from the Downtown Business Improvement Association.

There will be:

• Extended hours for some local restaurants;

• A small craft market;

• Child-minding and gift wrapping offered by local school groups;

• Crafts and games offered by service groups;

• Christmas trees available for purchase.

This is a new event for Chemainus, but the BIA is hoping it can be the beginning of an annual tradition.

Find out more at visitchemainus.ca.