Lumby residents will kick off the holidays during Christmas Light Up Sunday in Gazebo Park.

Lumby residents will kick off the holidays during Christmas Light Up Sunday in Gazebo Park.

Village into the holiday spirit

The annual Lumby Christmas Light Up festivities take place Sunday in Gazebo Park.

Lumby is ready to shine bright for the holidays.

The annual Christmas Light Up festivities take place Sunday in Gazebo Park.

“We want to get people and the entire community into the holiday spirit,” said Stephanie Sexsmith, Lumber Chamber of Commerce manager.

“It really brings the community together.”

Enjoy free hot dogs, hot chocolate and Christmas carols and welcome Santa Claus at 4 p.m. when he is escorted by the Lumby Fire Department.

Even though this is a busy time at the year at the North Pole toy shop, Sexsmith always makes sure Santa has time to drop by the village and meet local children.

“We have a special phone line to him,” she said.

Beyond Santa, other special activities are scheduled during the celebrations.

Among them will be a performance by the Lumby Figure Skating Club at Pat Duke Arena at 5:30 p.m. and then a free public skate from 5:45 to 7 p.m.

And as it’s the season of giving, Lumby residents are asked to think of their neighbours.

“Please bring a donation for the food bank to either the park or the arena,” said Sexsmith.

Light Up’s sponsors include Super A Foods, Lumby Dollar Dollar, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Village of Lumby.

Sexsmith is urging everyone from the village and surrounding area to take part in the festivities.

“It’s a great start to getting people in the mood for Christmas,” she said.