The Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up takes place Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The tradition is sponsored by the Downtown Vernon Association.

The Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up takes place Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The tradition is sponsored by the Downtown Vernon Association.

Festive tradition sparkles

The annual Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up takes place Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. along 30th Avenue.

Christmas festivities are officially getting underway in Vernon.

The annual Downtown Christmas Light Up takes place Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. along  30th Avenue.

“We are throwing open the door to downtown and inviting everyone in,” said Lara Konkin, Downtown Vernon Association executive director.

“It is an opportunity for people to kick-off their Christmas shopping as many businesses stay open late to offer promotions, samples, giveaways, and door prizes.”

In an effort to make this year truly unlike any other year, the DVA has arranged for something new.

City streets will be aglow with the lights of more than 100 Douglas firs, with each tree decorated by merchants.

At the end of Light Up, the trees will be donated to families and individuals in need.

“Nobody should go without,” said Konkin when discussing the fact that more than 100 families in the community would not have a tree this season.

“‘We are excited that so many businesses got on board once they heard what the plan was. They really have gotten into the spirit.”

Residents are invited to drop off new or lightly used unwrapped gifts to MNP’s booth, one of the  sponsoring partners, during Light Up. The gifts will be donated along with the trees.

‘There isn’t a section of downtown that won’t be lit up Nov. 29,” said Konkin.

Welcoming Communities will be displaying 50 trees in the 2900 block of 30th Avenue and each tree will be adorned with decorations representing cultures from around the world.

“There will be something for everyone downtown, from carolers to food and everything in between,” said Konkin.

“Several participating downtown restaurants will be offering free samples of their fabulous fare and providing festival goers with free hot chocolate. While other businesses will be offering activities like making magic reindeer food, craft stations for the kids and plasma car races.”

Santa’s Workshop, located at the Sun Valley Mall, will be a hub of activity as kids are invited to stop in to let Santa know what items are on their wish list this year. Image Studios will be on site to take photos and the DVA will be offering one complimentary picture to commemorate their visit with Santa.

People will be reliving their family’s favourite Christmas stories as told by the Queen Silver Star candidates and entertained by local musicians and carolers.

 

“In true community spirit, it really will be a Christmas for all,” said Konkin.

 

 

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