Parksville’s North Pole-Apalooza illustrates city’s Christmas cheer

'For those who would like to see more decorations... we're getting there'

We, as the Parksville Downtown Business Association, would like to take this opportunity to thank both residents and visitors alike for your patronage and kind words given to us over the holiday season.

More than 30 businesses in our downtown participated in the decorating of our “North Pole”, this being our second year of what we call North Pole-Apalooza. Many thanks to United Floors for donating all those great poles for us to use.  Each of us decorated our poles for your enjoyment and fun.

For those who would like to see more decorations…we’re getting there. Encouragement to those businesses that do decorate is always appreciated. City lights down the meridian would be wonderful; perhaps they will be back one year. Over the past few years, the PDBA has purchased five fabulous 21-foot lit trees and placed them on roofs throughout our downtown. Two years ago, a young tree was donated to us through the efforts of Home Hardware. It was planted at the base of Craig Street.

This year we held a light-up celebration which Mayor Lefebvre officiated. Our sincere thanks to the Craig Bay Choristers for leading us in a tremendous selection of Christmas carols.

Our Christmas committee is a volunteer group of three and our executive director. We were fortunate this year to also have two wonderful community volunteers assist us with notifications to our downtown businesses. We created our first Event Calendar this year and know that this will also grow over the years. Did you check out the Credit Union’s Ugly Sweater Day? My staff had a “Dress Like Santa Day” that got great comments from our clients. These are just a couple of the fun events that occurred during our Christmas season downtown.

We are a diverse downtown community consisting of services and retailers along 19A, the Alberni Highway, side streets and plazas. I would encourage everyone to take a minute to drive some of the streets or better yet, take a walk, enjoy the efforts that many business owners and their staff have done to decorate their businesses.

From the PDBA, its board and its members we sincerely hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. We appreciate and thank you for your support throughout the year; we would not succeed without you. We wish each and every one a very Happy New Year!

Sandy Herle, PDBA president

Parksville