It will be a day for children and families in Qualicum Beach as Christmas in the Village welcomes Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 11.
The festivities start at 9 a.m. with a breakfast with Santa at Bailey’s until 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased at the Mulberry Bush bookstore.
Santa will then head over to Qualicum Beach Elementary School where he will lead tours of the Storybook Village from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Storybook Village is the latest project by Building Learning Together (BLT) and is located in the heart of Qualicum Beach, on the grounds of Qualicum Beach Elementary School. The entire child-size village for kids to play in has a post office, fire hall and other buildings, connected by roadways, for pedal cars, trikes and scooters, and includes a fanciful garden for growing vegetables and flowers.
Rhonda Roy manager of programs and communications at BLT said the eight mini play buildings will not be open to play in. Instead they will be festively decorated inside and out so people can stroll down the fairy tale lane and peek into the window displays.
“This is a free event, and we hope you’ll come and visit this wonderful miniature village built by the Oceanside Community for us all to enjoy,” she said.
Weather permitting, young visitors can ride the bikes and trikes on the Storybook Village Roundabout Roadway.
If people come by for a walk through the decorated MunchkinShire buildings, they can enjoy some hot apple cider and listen to holiday songs.
Roy said some of the buildings have been decorated by their partners in the community and the atmosphere will be very festive.
From noon to 4 p.m., visit Pharmasave and get a photo with Santa. Put your feet up and enjoy a hayride on Primrose Street from 1 to 3:30 p.m. There will be craft tables, face painting, candy floss, and popcorn fun for everyone. Feeling creative? The Courtyard Cafe has a cookie decorating contest from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Some of the entertainers performing throughout the town include the Village Voices and The B2 Glee Club. The Kwalikum Secondary music students will be playing at Carriage Lane.
Don’t forget to fill out a ballot and pick your favorite decorated business. Sunday is the last day ballots may be dropped off in boxes at the Town Hall and Chamber of Commerce.