Annual event - lights, parade, fireworks wow 20,000

Light-Up 2015 ended with a spectacular fireworks display, capping the afternoon and evening of festivities that officially ushers in the Christmas season in Ladysmith, and points beyond. A crowd which topped 20,000 flocked to this year’s Festival of Lights opener, and you would have had a hard time not having a really good time at an event which draws bus loads from the Lower Mainland and points beyond.

This is the 28th Festival of Lights, and every year the biggest event in Ladysmith’s calendar seems to get just a little bit better. Starting at 3 p.m. people thronged Aggie Hall, where a Christmas Craft Fair was open to shoppers; at the same time the traditional Community Spaghetti Dinner was being served in the Eagles Hall. At 4 p.m. street entertainers got the hands clapping and helped keep the cold at bay.

At 6:30 p.m. Santa pulled the switch and lit up the town, which signaled the start of a great Kinsmen Parade down First Avenue. Things wound up with the lighting of the Chuck Perrin Christmas Tree, and then… WOW!




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