On Nov. 13

On Nov. 13

Ladysmith ready to Light Up this Thursday

Street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in downtown Ladysmith to keep crowds safe Lindsay Chung

The countdown is on for the shimmering celebration that puts Ladysmith in the spotlight. The 27th annual Festival of Lights begins this Thursday (Nov. 27) with the family-friendly Light Up celebration, beginning at 3 p.m.

Cliff Fisher, president of the Ladysmith Festival of Lights Society, says the weather forecast looks like it’s going to be very good for Thursday, and volunteers have tested all the lights in town to make sure they’re working.

“Everything is just about connected and ready to go,” he said Sunday.

Light Up takes place Thursday in downtown Ladysmith. The fun begins at 3 p.m. with a Community Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Ladysmith Eagles at Eagles Hall and a Christmas Craft Fair at Aggie Hall.

Street entertainment begins at 4 p.m., at which time the food concessions also open.

There will be entertainment on stage downtown and in front of Aggie Hall from 4-6:15 p.m., and Santa will arrive to light up Ladysmith at 6:30 p.m.

The Kinsmen Parade begins at 6:45 p.m. and travels along First Avenue from south of Roberts Street to Aggie Hall.

After the parade, the Chuck Perrin Christmas tree at Aggie Field will be lit up, and there will be a grand finale fireworks spectacular, sponsored by Ladysmith and District Credit Union.

This year, the Festival of Lights Society will be selling new wands during Light Up. There are two different kinds of light wands — a red and white one that looks like a candy cane or a north pole, and a flashing wand. Fisher says they will be brighter than the wands they’ve sold in the past. Festival of Lights Society volunteers will be selling the wands under a big tent in the library parking lot, and the sales raise money for Light Up.

“They’re a very important fundraiser for us,” said Fisher.

There will be some new food concessions this year, including the Cassidy Country Kitchen mobile kitchen.

First Avenue will be closed on Nov. 27 from 3-10 p.m. Access to and from the Island Highway at Bob Stuart Park will also be closed from 5-10 p.m. As well, pets are not allowed downtown on Light Up.

There will be no parking on Second Avenue other than for residents.

“We’ve been looking at that for a couple of years now, and a fire truck cannot get down from Buller to Symonds,” said Fisher.

There will also be restricted parking from Symonds to Strathcona.

“We’re paying more attention to safety and crowd control this year,” said Fisher. “We’re paying more attention to a bigger ‘wow’ with very little change. We have better lighting, better safety and more entertainment.”

This year, there are brand-new LED lights at City Hall and on the fence at Aggie Field.

“They’re very brilliant and very bright,” said Fisher. “We’re really pleased and ready to go.”

Doug West has built new stars for the fence at Aggie Field, and volunteers have decorated them with new LED lights.

“They look absolutely beautiful,” said Fisher. “The LEDs really excite us. When we tried them, we didn’t realize how impressive they were over samples we’d tried a few years ago.”

Fisher says they have a lot of volunteers, and many people have been donating their old lights to the Festival of Lights Society.

Fisher is excited that this year will be the 27th Festival of Lights and that it’s still such a successful event.

A big part of that success is the community support that goes into the event. Volunteers come out in droves to help string up lights and put up decorations during a work party in early November, and many businesses and organizations provide in-kind support.

“With no questions asked, they’ll just be there and help put up the lights,” said Fisher.

 

“The fact we are still able to get the support from our sponsors and the Town of Ladysmith and BC Gaming, it’s encouraging that it’s important to others besides ourselves to make that work. We have new volunteers in our community who are jumping in. There’s a real pride in this community to make this happen.”

 

Just Posted

(File photo)
Poverty reduction survey identifies 10 poverty themes

Poverty reduction plan will be finalized in July 2021

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly says he has no intentions of leaving the Green Party. (House of Commons image)
Island Green MPs have “no intention” of leaving the party after ‘heartbreaking’ departure

Manly, May only remaining Green MPs after Jenica Atwin left for the Liberals over internal disputes

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

Justine Keefer’s Cedar Elementary School Grade 6/7 class put together a student paper, as part of a school project. Pictured here Andrew Gregory, left, Felix Leduc, Addison Armstrong, Lucia Walker and Anise Dick. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Cedar Elementary School students create their own newspaper

Grade 6/7 class publishes Wolf Pack News as part of language arts and social studies

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements’ invention La Méduse (the Jellyfish) removes oil from the ocean. The invention was one of 15 out of 700 inventions submitted to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Little Inventors contest. (Cole Schisler photo)
‘Little Inventors’ from Ladysmith showcased in national science challenge

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements were one of 15 finalists in the Little Inventors Challenge

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read