Mrs. Claus is preparing for a visit to Enderby for the Community Christmas celebrations

Mrs. Claus is preparing for a visit to Enderby for the Community Christmas celebrations

Enderby rings in the season

Community Christmas celebrations run from Friday to Sunday.

The festive spirit is gaining momentum throughout Enderby.

Community Christmas celebrations run from Friday to Sunday.

“We want to bring the community together,” said Craig Bell, one of the organizers.

On Friday, students from M.V. Beattie Elementary will decorate the Christmas tree behind city hall at 10 a.m. with help from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

And then at 6 p.m., the always popular Santa Claus parade will take to the streets downtown.

“We have about 20 entries so far,” said Bell.

That will be followed by a candlelight walk along the Shuswap River to the Riverside Park gazebo where there will be entertainment provided by the A.L. Fortune Secondary Jazz Band and the Tapestry Ladies Choir. The Enderby Lions Club will serve soup, hot dogs and hamburgers.

“We will also have hay rides and a bonfire to keep everyone warm and cozy,” said Bell.

The fun then continues on Saturday with a breakfast with Santa Claus at the Royal Canadian Legion branch from 9 to 10 a.m. That will be followed by photographs with Santa (every child gets one free photo).

Also on Saturday, the Enderby Outdoor Craft Market runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Cliff Avenue.

“We have 54 vendors so far,” said Bell.

The final event of the weekend is a community Christmas dinner at the Enderby Seniors Centre Sunday.  The doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the dinner is at 5 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 250-838-7527.

Bell hopes everyone in Enderby and the surrounding area will take part in the Christmas activities.

“We want everyone to come out and have fun,” he said.

Also taking place Sunday is Enderby Chapel’s musical, A Soldier and A King. The Christmas drama will be performed Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Enderby Evangelical Chapel.