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.”

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