File Photo Marguerite Kerr, 96, tells Santa Claus what she would like for Christmas - which was another birthday - at the Parksville Downtown Christmas light-up hosted by the Parksville Downtown Business Association in 2016. The event is back again this year, with winners announced on Nov. 29 at the Parksville Community Centre.

Parksville businesses encouraged to light up

Contest encourages stores to get into the holiday spirit

Parksville businesses are being encouraged to get into the holiday spirit this year by decorating their storefronts with Christmas lights.

It’s a move by the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce and the Parksville Downtown Business Association to make the city more festive. Participating businesses will be judged on their displays, with a winner being announced on Nov. 29 at the Light Up event, which will be held at the Parksville Community Centre at 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public — attendees of the event can expect cookie decorating, hot chocolate and other festive activities.

Kim Burden, executive director at the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce, said the competition is all about getting people excited about local shopping and the community in general.

READ MORE: Parksville to be lit up for holidays starting Nov. 24

“We look at other communities, in particular Ladysmith and the tremendous job that they do,” Burden said.

“We should do our best to get in the seasonal spirit and that’s a good way to do it.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Massive early-morning blaze destroys unoccupied Nanoose Bay home

Firefighters from three departments called in to battle fire

Captain Dziadyk to end season with Oceanside Generals on high note

Qualicum Beach player is longest-serving player in team history

Petition underway to stop bylaw on homeless camping in Regional District of Nanaimo

‘Canadians are known for their meekness but this time we need to have a voice’

Qualicum Beach approves Pheasant Glen zoning amendment

Majority of residents who spoke at public hearing endorsed proposed amendment bylaw

Centre withdraws from cell tower project in Qualicum Beach

TELUS plans to continue to look at plans to improve cellphone reception in the area

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

First win, fifth win highlight BC Senior Curling finals

Donna Mychaluk wins first title after finishing second five times; Wes Craig takes fifth crown

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy on eight-day trek down Vancouver island

The team’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000, which is double last year’s goal.

BC Senior Curling titles to be decided in Vernon

Wes Craig, Penny Shantz looking for fifth championships; Steve Wright, Donna Mychaluk into finals

B.C. money laundering inquiry to begin amid hopes for answers, accountability

Eby argued that most B.C. residents already know the previous government, at best, turned a blind eye

Most Read