Marguerite Kerr, 96, tells Santa Claus what she would like for Christmas at the Parksville Downtown Christmas light-up hosted by the Parksville Downtown Business Association in 2016. The event is back again this year, taking place Nov. 24. — File Photo

Parksville to be lit up for holidays starting Nov. 24

Bright Friday kicks off The Season in the City

Christmas merriment is set to officially begin in Parksville on Friday, Nov. 24 when the city’s giant sequoia tree is lit.

The annual Bright Friday Christmas light-up takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 24, at the east end of Morison Avenue, where Parksville Mayor Marc Lefebvre and the Parksville Downtown Business Association (PDBA) president, Melisa Beatty, will flip the switch to light up the tree.

The PDBA is inviting the public to sing carols with the Craig Bay Choristers, enjoy highland tunes with the Arrowsmith Pipe Band and enjoy hot chocolate and kettle corn, according to the PDBA’s news release. There will also be gingerbread decorating, and Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck.

The east end of Morison Avenue will be closed to through-traffic from 4:30 p.m. until the end of the event.

North Pole-apalooza is back for its fourth year and will run from Nov. 22 to Dec. 17. The promotion features 31 businesses that will display decorated North Poles on their premises. Members of the public are invited to enter to win a Gotta Love Downtown gift basket with treats and surprises from each of the participating businesses. Simply submit your entry at any of the shops.

Adding further joy to the season, the PDBA will have its six-and-a-half-metre tall, pop-up Christmas trees on the rooftops of Coastal Community Credit Union, Kit and Kaboodle Trading Company, Scotiabank, Life Support, Parks West Business Products and the Parksville Animal Hospital.

The PDBA has purchased even more lights for the city to install in the trees lining the Alberni Highway downtown.

— NEWS Staff/PDBA submission

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