Detail from the cover ot the Festival of Lights Magazine

Christmas Light-Up on Thursday

Christmas season to be officially declared when Santa pulls the Light-Up switch for Ladysmith’s 28th Festival of Lights.

The lights have all been strung, the garlands hung, now all that’s needed is for the calendar to roll round to Thursday, Nov. 26 for the Christmas season to be officially declared when Santa pulls the Light-Up switch for Ladysmith’s 28th Festival of Lights.

As usual, you can expect a fun filled family-oriented festival opening, ushering in the holiday season.

At 6:30 p.m., Santa will arrive from the North Pole to pull the switch and magically turns on all the thousands of lights that festoon the town.

“Our lovely hillside community will be ablaze with dazzling lights,” says a missive from the FOL Society, whose volunteers have put in countless hours, through some pretty grim weather, to make sure you have a brilliant experience.

The festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a Craft and Artisan Fair, Community Spaghetti Dinner and Food Concessions. At 4 p.m. there will be stage and street entertainment; then at 6:45 p.m. the Kinsmen Parade will make its way along First Avenue followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

From the last Thursday in November until the first Sunday in January, Ladysmith will be a wonderland, adorned with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights.

More at, or look for a copy of the Festival of Lights Magazine at retail outlets in town or look up Ladysmith Festival of Lights 2015 at


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