Lumby lights up the season
A celebrity sighting is expected in downtown Lumby Sunday.
Santa Claus will take a break from his busy schedule and take part in Lumby Light Up festivities to kick off the Christmas season.
“He enjoys our community and he’s been coming here for years,” said Stephanie Sexsmith, with the Lumby Chamber of Commerce.
Santa will be at the Arbor Park gazebo on Vernon Street just after 4 p.m.
“Kids can bring their Christmas wish list and he will be handing out treats,” said Sexsmith.
But while the jolly old elf will be in the village, his reindeer will remain at the North Pole so they can rest up before their whirlwind global journey Dec. 24.
“He will arrive on a fire truck,” said Sexsmith.
Light Up celebrations begin at 1 p.m. at the White Valley Community Centre with the showing of Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas and other holiday film classics.
“It gives the parents a great place to drop off their kids if they are old enough or families can come down together,” said Sexsmith.
Admission for the movie is $5 each or $15 for a family of four. This includes popcorn and pop.
Just after 4 p.m., the action switches over to the Arbor Park gazebo and besides Santa’s arrival, there will be complimentary hot dogs, hot chocolate, caroling and wagon rides.
At 5:30 p.m., there will be a candlelight parade along the Salmon Trail.
“We will have song books available,” said Sexsmith. “We really want to welcome the Christmas season.”
From 5:30 to 5:45 p.m., the Lumby Figure Skating Club will perform at the Pat Duke Memorial Arena, and that will be followed by open skating until 7 p.m.
Admission to the arena is free but donations will be collected for the Lumby food bank.
“There will be a lot of community spirit going on,” said Sexsmith of helping residents in need.
The chamber is also encouraging Lumby residents to take pull out their Christmas lights for the best decorated residence contest.
“There are always some regular participants in the contest,” said Sexsmith. “We are trying to decorate the community as much as possible.”
Anyone wanting to enter the best decorated residence contest can contact the chamber at 250-547-2300.