Christmas

A BC Hydro survey shows more British Columbians are planning to go all out with their Christmas displays this year, but the majority of residents will stick with more minimalist decorations. (Black Press Media file photo)

More ‘mega’ Christmas displays expected this year despite cost concerns: BC Hydro

Lower Mainland residents three times more likely to be mega decorators

A BC Hydro survey shows more British Columbians are planning to go all out with their Christmas displays this year, but the majority of residents will stick with more minimalist decorations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tom Verbrugge and his son Mica have the bonfire stoked and the hotdogs ready to roast when Tom’s Trees Christmas tree farm opens on Nov. 26, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY TOM VERBRUGGE)

It’s beginning to look a lot more expensive for a Christmas tree this year

Variety of factors contributing, effect on Islanders will vary depending on where you shop

Tom Verbrugge and his son Mica have the bonfire stoked and the hotdogs ready to roast when Tom’s Trees Christmas tree farm opens on Nov. 26, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY TOM VERBRUGGE)
The Oceanside Folk/Roots Club will hold a Christmas concert on Dec. 9 at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall. (Submitted photo)

Oceanside Roots/Folk Club Christmas concert set for Dec. 9

Music begins at 7 p.m. at Qualicum Beach Community Hall

The Oceanside Folk/Roots Club will hold a Christmas concert on Dec. 9 at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall. (Submitted photo)
Turkeys are shown in a pen at Root Down Farm in Pescadero, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

Turkey shortage ahead of Christmas fuelled by avian flu: BC Poultry Association

‘It’s a terrible time of year for this to have to happen’

Turkeys are shown in a pen at Root Down Farm in Pescadero, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
The Blues Songs of Christmas show, with Big Hank and the Kingpins, will visit Knox United Church in Parksville on Dec. 11. (Submitted photo)

Christmas Blues show will play Knox United Church on Dec. 11

Big Hank and the Kingpins will play a mix of classic tunes and originals

The Blues Songs of Christmas show, with Big Hank and the Kingpins, will visit Knox United Church in Parksville on Dec. 11. (Submitted photo)
The Errington War Memorial Hall at 1390 Errington Rd. (PQB News file photo)
The Errington War Memorial Hall at 1390 Errington Rd. (PQB News file photo)
Donors drop off gifts at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, benefitting the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. The gifts will fill the SOS Toy Shop, where parents and grandparents in need will shop for free for their children. (Lissa Alexander photo)

UPDATE: Community rallies behind 14th Annual Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive

Event helps Society of Organized Services assist PQB families

Donors drop off gifts at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, benefitting the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. The gifts will fill the SOS Toy Shop, where parents and grandparents in need will shop for free for their children. (Lissa Alexander photo)
Salvation Army kettles will not be taking donations at BC Liquor (BCL) stores this holiday season. (Black Press Media file photo)

No Salvation Army Kettles in BC Liquor stores this holiday season

BCL holding food bank fundraising campaign and ‘Share-a-Bear’ program

Salvation Army kettles will not be taking donations at BC Liquor (BCL) stores this holiday season. (Black Press Media file photo)
A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)

A Tiny Christmas Carol challenges expectations at the Chemainus Theatre

Small cast covers large number of roles in adaptation of a familiar Dickens classic

A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)
ECHO Players photo via Facebook

Christmas play announced by ECHO Players in Qualicum Beach

‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ runs Dec. 8 to Dec. 27 at Village Theatre

ECHO Players photo via Facebook
Oak Bay resident Michael Hardiman reminds others to play it safe while hanging holiday lights after he fell, Saturday, Nov. 12 and returned home from the hospital the next Tuesday with a fractured vertebra. (Courtesy Michael Hardiman)

B.C. man with fractured spine warns of dangers in hanging holiday lights

‘Tis the season for decorations, ladders and the inevitable falls that go with them

Oak Bay resident Michael Hardiman reminds others to play it safe while hanging holiday lights after he fell, Saturday, Nov. 12 and returned home from the hospital the next Tuesday with a fractured vertebra. (Courtesy Michael Hardiman)
For the first time since 2019, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its annual journey through Canada and the U.S. to bring live music and raise holiday spirits across the regions. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Canadian Pacific/Neil Zeller **MANDATORY CREDIT**

CP Holiday Train returns to the rails for the first time in three years

Popular cross-country run will wrap up in Port Coquitlam on Dec. 18

For the first time since 2019, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its annual journey through Canada and the U.S. to bring live music and raise holiday spirits across the regions. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Canadian Pacific/Neil Zeller **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Milner Christmas Magic returns on Dec. 2 with an expansion into the new Rhododendron Species Garden. (Submitted photo)

Milner Christmas Magic returns to Qualicum Beach Dec. 2

This year’s display includes expansion into new Rhododendron Species Garden

Milner Christmas Magic returns on Dec. 2 with an expansion into the new Rhododendron Species Garden. (Submitted photo)
The St. Stephen’s United Church choir will perform a special Christmas cantata called ‘Comfort and Joy’ on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. (Google Maps photo)
The St. Stephen’s United Church choir will perform a special Christmas cantata called ‘Comfort and Joy’ on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. (Google Maps photo)
The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre (100 Jensen Ave E).

City of Parksville to host 2 free Christmas events

‘Cookies & Carols’ set for Dec. 8 and ‘Mistletoe on Memorial’ goes Dec. 9

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre (100 Jensen Ave E).
The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Nativity scene banned from B.C. town’s city hall after decades-long run

Volunteer group hoping to get Terrace to change its mind after annual tradition rejected

The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
People of all ages and levels of singing experience are invited to join local song leader Sylvia Humble (right) and Adrienne Hudencial on piano (left) this December for a series of community Christmas carolling events in Parksville and Nanoose Bay. (Submitted photo)

Singalong series revives the tradition of Christmas carolling in Parksville and Nanoose

Parksville events go Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17 and Dec. 21 in Nanoose

People of all ages and levels of singing experience are invited to join local song leader Sylvia Humble (right) and Adrienne Hudencial on piano (left) this December for a series of community Christmas carolling events in Parksville and Nanoose Bay. (Submitted photo)