The Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up takes place Saturday

The Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up takes place Saturday

DVA lights up weekend

Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up is set for Nov. 28, a Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m.

embracing holiday traditions with a new twist.

While the Downtown Vernon Christmas Light Up has previously been held on a Friday evening, it shifts this year to Nov. 28, a Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m.

“We’ve changed the date of the Light Up to allow more businesses to participate and families to attend,” said Hailey Rilkoff, Downtown Vernon Association events and promotions co-ordinator.

The DVA has arranged for free parking and transit to and from downtown for Nov. 28 to make the event accessible to all residents.

Light Up, which is sponsored by MNP, will include activities, holiday music and entertainment, with the official Light Up ceremony starting at 5:15 p.m.

“Kingfisher Heliskiing is providing this year’s downtown Christmas tree and with some new decor, our tree should look stunning” said Lara Konkin, DVA executive director.

The entertainment includes magician Leif David, Kiki the Magical Christmas Elf and the C-Tones Choir. There will also be musicians and choirs along 30th Avenue.

Light Up is also hosting the inaugural Best of Christmas Community Showcase. The public can submit in one of six categories: best decorated Christmas cookie, best homemade holiday ornament, best ugly Christmas sweater, best paper snowflake, best gingerbread house and best homemade wreath.

“You’ll also be able to taste free samples in the hot chocolate challenge with local businesses like El Gusto Latino Market and Cracked Pot Coffee participating,” said Rilkoff.

Free photos with Santa are always the highlight of the event, and will be available thanks to CST Consultants.

“Kids can head out on a scavenger hunt to fill their gift bags after a visit with Santa,” said Rilkoff.

“There will be other fun photo opportunities with some Frozen characters from Dream Party Productions as well.”

Nature’s Fare Markets will sponsor cookie decorating, and when you get a little chilly, you can check out the bonfire and roast a marshmallow with Santas Anonymous and Vernon Fire and Rescue Services. A reindeer food craft station and letter to Santa station will also be available.

In order to prepare for the event Nov. 28, 30th Avenue, from 29th to 35th streets, will be closed starting at 10:30 a.m.


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