As the crisp days lead us timidly into the depths of winter, the pleasures of gifting and giving unfold.
Looking for a way to escape all the commercialization of Christmas? Perhaps taking a loved one out to a play or a choir show is more in line with your giving philosophy. This year, there are so many prime opportunities in the arts, to not only part with your cash, but also to enjoy doing so! Other events for appreciators of the season are less likely to involve spending and equally possible to have fun.
The Ladysmith Festival of Lights Light Up last week festively sparked the local area to life.
Youngsters and elders alike were captivated by the brilliance of the display. To further experience that spirit, come down to the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery for the Magical Giftshop on display Dec. 2-24. One-of-a-kind gifts are smartly priced to entice the giving glee: art cards, jewelry, framed prints, up-cycled fabric creations, sculpture, glasswork, and pottery by local artists such as Dennis Brown, Michael Dean, Jack Fisher, Dan Ostler, Gail Ralphs, Leona Petrak, and more.
At the Ladysmith Little Theatre, the Ladysmith Players are performing Hickory Dickory Dock, a traditional Christmas pantomime, Dec. 15-31, with the last show a New Years Eve Gala. There are also two matinees.
The First Annual Festival of Trees is happening from Dec. 1-4 at Mount Breton Centre, 3850 South Oyster School Road. Locals are invited to decorate a Christmas tree or Gingerbread House that will be sold through a silent auction, with funds donated to the Chemainus and Ladysmith Food Bank.
Other seasonal opportunities include: the exceptional marine artwork of Michael Dean will be on display in his studio sale on Dec. 3 and 4 at 830 Fifth Avenue, Ladysmith; to satisfy your ears, take in the 35th Annual Ladysmith Christmas Festival of Choirs on Sunday Dec. 11 at St. Mary’s Church, 1135 Fourth Ave, Ladysmith; and the Yellow Point Christmas Spectacular from Dec. 7-18, at the Cedar Community Hall.
Winter Market will sparkle your senses on Dec. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nanaimo Art Gallery and will also be attended by some Ladysmith and area artisans.
With all the choices this season, there is no excuse for being a grinch when it comes to the arts. Get off the couch and see what your artsy neighbours are up to! A smile might just appear.