Upcoming events provide comfort and joy

There are lots of festive activities taking place in the next few weeks in Ladysmith that provide family fun and support charities.

‘Tis the season … for community spirit.

There are so many Christmas activities going on in Ladysmith right now that we barely have room to fit them all in our paper! Everywhere you look, people, organizations, businesses and service clubs are putting on activities that bring people together for some festive fun and often raise money and/or collect donations for people who need a little extra help at this time of year.

Here is just a sampling of what’s happening in town:

• This Friday (Dec. 7), experience the romance of a 1920s Christmas during An Old Tyme Christmas and Candlelight Walk from 5-8 p.m. along First Avenue.

• The Mount Brenton Power and Sail Squadron presents its Christmas Lights Cruise by Transfer Beach Sat.,Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The Ladysmith Kinsmen Club hosts a bonfire at the beach, starting at 5:30 p.m.

• Ladysmith Family and Friends is hosting its eighth annual Breakfast with Santa Sat., Dec. 8 at Aggie Hall, sponsored in part by the Rotary Club of Ladysmith. There will be two sittings — 8:45-10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It costs $5 per family, and children younger than two get in for free.

• On Sun., Dec. 9, the churches of Ladysmith will present the 36th annual Christmas Festival of Choirs at Bethel Tabernacle at 6:30 p.m. A freewill offering for the Ladysmith Christmas Cheer Fund will be collected.

• The Ladysmith Fire/Rescue Santa Claus Parade is coming up Sun., Dec. 16 from 4-9 p.m. The parade makes its way from the fire hall to École Davis Road Elementary with a number of stops so children can meet Santa.

• The Celebration of Light, a fundraiser for the Ladysmith Food Bank, takes place Fri., Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Hall. It features performances by local musicians and treats. all for just $7.50 plus a food donation.

And this is only Ladysmith — there are many great things happening in Chemainus as well. Thank you to all the hard-working volunteers who put in the time to make these events so successful year after year and to all the people who take the time to participate and donate. You bring a lot of smiles to people’s faces while helping others.

— Lindsay Chung