The holiday spirit is alive and well in Enderby.
Crowds are expected during the annual Community Christmas Celebration Friday.
“Everyone has a good time and they get into the Christmas spirit,” said Craig Bell, chairperson of the organizing committee.
The fun gets underway at 6 p.m. with the Christmas parade. Residents should line up along Cliff Avenue and Belvedere Street to take in the colourful floats as well as a special guest, Santa Claus.
“We have a good connection with him and he is even bringing his wife this year,” said Bell of the special relationship between Enderby and the old elf.
Following the parade, there will be the candlelight walk along the Riverwalk and the Shuswap River at about 6:30 p.m.
Participants will sing Christmas carols as they make their way to Riverside Park.
“Last year, we had about 500 people involved,” said Bell.
“From one end to the other of the Riverwalk was nothing but candles.”
Once at the park at 7 p.m., there will be a bonfire, sleigh rides, a meet and greet with Santa and performances by the A.L. Fortune Secondary senior jazz band and choir.
There will also be a story time with Santa, free soup donated by local restaurants and the Lions Club will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers by donation.
“The festivities get busier and busier every year,” said Bell.
Residents will also have an opportunity to brighten up the dark days of winter.
The Enderby Credit Union is sponsoring a best decorated house contest and the grand prize is $250 towards your electricity bill.
“It’s a chance for people to be creative,” said Bell.
Some other Christmas activities are also planned for Enderby over the next few days.
The Enderby Museum will host a Christmas contests and exhibits from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and a bake sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Saturday, the Enderby Community Resource Centre will host photos with Santa from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Enderby Seniors Centre. Pets can have their photograph taken from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.