Posted by: cherylyoung | November 30, 2012

More of Christmas, Vancouver Island Style

More Christmas on Vancouver Island

Ladysmith, BC is a little town on Vancouver Island that lights up the streets for Christmas.  The Christmas Season is celebrated in this little coastal town partly by stringing thousands of festive lights down its main street.  A big part of this celebration of lights is the cooperation of town employees, business owners and many volunteers all working together to get the job done.  The result is a wonderland of multicoloured lights for the darkest period of the year.  The cheery lights turned on at dusk can put even the grumpiest of us in a holiday mood.

Ladysmith is located a short drive south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  Like many towns on Vancouver Island it has been dependent on resource extraction — mining, fishing, forestry.  One by one these industries have fallen by the wayside.  Ladysmith has had the good fortune to have embraced its history and revitalized its town by celebrating its logging and mining industries.  The harbour is now crowded with pleasure boats.  The scenery from its steep slopes is stunning, looking out over the Gulf Islands towards Georgia Strait.

This little town has modern sub-divisions clinging to the slopes, but outside the historic core.  The impression you get when driving up Main Street is small town 1955.  It’s good to see another little town that so successfully re-invents itself.

Christmas Light Festival in beautiful Historic Downtown Ladysmith.  Over 1000 volunteer hours to prepare
 displays & Light Up Night.
Light Up Ceremonies, the last Thursday in November.
  Festival Night highlights entertainment, concessions, visit from Santa,  souvenirs and Kinsmen Parade.
> And yes this is home to Pam Anderson and She was there in the Parade last week. Good for Her!

  Huge Fireworks display, sponsored by the Over 200,000 twinkling Christmas lights in street,
 roof top and building  until January 13th.

A community effort, run by community minded people, for the entire community and area (Vancouver Island). Festival of Lights has become a major attraction bringing visitors (20,000+) from all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Pacific Northwest and points beyond.

Check always back for new information!

After you’ve seen the lights why not head over to Nanaimo and stay at the “Inn on Long Lake” in Nanaimo BC.  www.innonlonglake.com

 

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