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Figgy pudding and lots of sparkle! Qualicum Beach’s hub of holiday cheer

These seniors will help you celebrate the season in style: lights, gifts, Santa and more!
Residents of Berwick Qualicum Beach dressed to impress at last year’s Downton Abbey-themed holiday dinner. This year they’ve chosen a Charles Dickens theme, complete with figgy pudding!

Dr. Bonnie Henry has encouraged us to slow the spread, but Berwick is still spreading cheer.

Every year Berwick Qualicum Beach pulls out all the stops for their holiday party, and 2020 will be no different. In 2019 it was a Downton Abbey-themed celebration complete with crisp white linens, party dresses, live piano music and Mrs. Patmore’s famous trifle.

This year residents said ‘bring us a figgy pudding!’ so the soirée is inspired by Charles Dickens. In-house smoked trout pâté and oatmeal cracker, baron of beef with mustard rosemary gravy or stilton-stuffed chicken breast and figgy date pudding are all on the menu, as well as mulled wine and hot apple cider.

“The building will be beautifully decorated, and we have plenty of physically distanced programs planned,” says Berwick’s Community Relations Manager Krysta Robins.

Some residents will be kicking up their heels with the Holly Jolly Dance Group to the Christmas beats of the ball drumming class, and others are keeping up with pen pals at the local elementary school. The large Berwick bus has plenty of room for physically distanced outings to tour the town’s Christmas lights.

For residents who prefer to stay cosy at home, there are fireside stories, holiday-themed cocktail hours, and a holiday recipe swap between residents and staff.

“No matter the season, our Berwick community is always bustling.”

You’re invited! Holiday events for the whole community

  • Holiday lights: “We’ll be lighting up our community to add beauty and joy to our small town,” Robins says. The official light-up takes place Dec. 3, and you’re welcome to drive by any evening to see the display. The back courtyard will also be full of lights, so a peek around back is well worth it.
  • Secret Santa gift boxes: Berwick Qualicum Beach is selling gift boxes to raise money for the SD69 backpack program. Each box is filled with treats and gifts including a beautiful cedar ornament painted by Berwick residents, gifts from local shops and treats made by Berwick’s Red Seal baker. Berwick residents are purchasing the boxes for family and friends, and the public can purchase boxes by calling 250-738-6200. They’ll be on sale starting Dec. 3!
  • Colouring contest: Be sure to pick up the Dec. 9 PQB News to enter the annual holiday colouring contest. Pull out your crayons or markers for a chance to win great prizes!
  • Stories with Santa: The secret’s out… Santa’s coming to Berwick! Tune in online as he reads stories fireside at Berwick Qualicum Beach. More details will be announced on Berwick’s Instagram page, and in PQB’s Dec. 2 issue.

Ready to move in? For more information about Berwick Qualicum Beach, contact Krysta Robins at 250-738-6200 or, or follow along on Instagram!

Live piano accompanied last year’s Downton Abbey-themed holiday dinner. This year Berwick Qualicum Beach has a host of holiday activities prepared for both residents and the surrounding community in Qualicum Beach.