A highlight of Christmas celebrations in Enderby is the Santa Claus parade on Friday.

A highlight of Christmas celebrations in Enderby is the Santa Claus parade on Friday.

Enderby ready to welcome Christmas

The annual Christmas celebration begins Friday and runs through Sunday

There’s a weekend full of festivities to get Enderby residents in the holiday spirit.

The annual Christmas celebration begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

“We’re trying to provide a fun community event that’s free,” said Craig Bell, with the organizing committee.

“The main reason is to bring the community together.”

On Friday, M.V. Beattie Elementary students will decorate the community tree at 10 a.m. At 4:30 p.m., a barbershop quartet will provide songs of the season and then there’s the Santa Claus parade downtown at 6 p.m.

“It’s a very popular event and getting bigger this year,” said Bell of the parade.

“This is the first chance to see Santa. He loves Enderby.”

Residents will then gather at the bridge at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a candlelight walk to the gazebo.

“There will be singers along the River Walk,” said Bell.

Once at the gazebo, there will be a live nativity, free hayrides, entertainment, a bonfire and  free soup. The Enderby Lions will provide hot dogs and hamburgers by donation.

“Last year, we had about 500 people there and every year it grows,” said Bell.

On Saturday, the Enderby Community Resource Centre will offer photographs with Santa Claus at Enderby Evangelical Chapel at 10 a.m.

There is also a chance to let your creativity shine.

The Enderby and District Credit Union is hosting a best decorated house contest and the prize is a $250 B.C. Hydro credit.

“For the last two years, the people who won made their own creations. We are looking for originality,” said Bell.

On Sunday, there will be a free Christmas dinner for residents at the Enderby Seniors Complex at 4:30 p.m.

“Please make a reservation by calling 250-838-7527,” said Bell.

And the festivities wrap up at 6:30 p.m. with a Christmas pageant at Enderby Evangelical Chapel.