Ladysmith lights up this Thursday

The Ladysmith Festival of Lights celebrates its 25th anniversary with surprises and shimmering lights during Light Up this Thursday.

It’s that time of year again when Ladysmith’s main street is filled with sparkling lights, floats, clowns and crowds of people who gather to celebrate the Christmas season.

It’s Light Up on Thursday, and this year’s event features many surprises as the Festival of Lights celebrates its 25th anniversary.

In the days leading up to Light Up, volunteers have been busy getting ready for the main event.

“This next few days, we’re just touching up,” said Cliff Fisher, president of the Festival of Lights Society. “Of course, the boys are out there making sure the Santa switch works and the lights will come on. It’s just our last-minute checklist. We’re in good shape, and it looks like we should have a really nice show.”

The town has already received one of its 25th-anniversary surprises — a new decoration at the roundabout that features a big present with shooting stars.

“It’s a gorgeous decoration,” said Fisher, adding it took six people to set it up. “It certainly surprises a lot of people going down there, and I can’t wait to see it lit up. It will be a surprise to most of us.”

Fisher is also promising surprises on the main stage and a surprise in the fireworks package.

The Festival of Lights Society is still looking for volunteers who can help out on Thursday. Fisher says they would love some help on the streets from 3-6 p.m. to sell glow wands, and they could also use some help with crowd control during Light Up and with take down at the end of the night.

“The barrier people get to see the parade with no one in front of them,” noted Fisher. “That’s always a great spot.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can call the Festival of Lights office at 250-245-5888.

Fisher believes this year’s parade has more than 60 entries, and he says several floats are very long.

“[The Kinsmen] had a really great success,” he said. “That’s probably as many, if not more, than last year. That’s remarkable considering Nanaimo had to cancel their parade.”

The fun starts at 3 p.m. with the Community Spaghetti Dinner at the Eagles Hall and the Christmas Craft Fair at Aggie Hall and continues right until the final firework goes off.

There is street entertainment and food concessions along First Avenue and entertainment on two stages downtown and at Aggie Hall from 4-6:15 p.m. Santa arrives to light up the town at 6:30 p.m., the Kinsmen parade starts at 6:45 p.m., and the fireworks display presented by Ladysmith and District Credit Union starts after the parade at Aggie Hall.

Fisher is getting excited for this milestone event.

“I just hope everybody comes out and enjoys it,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of support from the community this year, and we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on seeing what we were able to produce.”

For more information, see our special 25th-anniversary Festival of Lights magazine in today’s paper.

Just Posted

Police officer recounts wild car chase through downtown Ladysmith and Duncan

B.C. Supreme Court trial of Armaan Singh Chandi hears of pursuit following Nanaimo drive-by shooting

Ladysmith a stride closer to fitness trail

Work could get underway on initial groundwork this spring

Small external fire extinguished quickly at Catalyst’s Crofton pulp mill

Fire department called Monday afternoon as part of protocol, but services not needed

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Former junior Cowichan Piggy Doug Fraser joins professional ranks

Fraser grew up in Ladysmith and played junior and senior rugby with Cowichan

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Former welfare clients still owed money, B.C. Ombudsperson says

Investigation found 2,600 people docked illegally for earning income

‘Nanaimo is next’ for urgent primary care centre

B.C. Health Minister says new centre coming in next few months to reduce the strain on health system

Prince George could get province’s second BC Cannabis Store

The first brick-and-mortar government retail location opened in Kamloops on Oct. 17

B.C. chowdery caught up in ‘rat-in-soup’ scandal to close

Crab Park Chowdery will be shutting down Jan. 20

Prolific offender arrested in “dynamic takedown” in Crofton

A 30-year-old Vancouver-area man faces at least six charges after what police… Continue reading

Teen vaping is an epidemic: US government

E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, outpacing cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana

Vancouver councillors unanimously approve motion declaring climate emergency

Vancouver joins cities like Los Angeles and London

Caribou herd disappears from Kootenays after last cow relocated

One cow from the South Selkirk herd and two from the Purcells were moved this week

Most Read