Saturday in Langley City is all about Christmas spirit

Dozens floats will turn on their lights and music and head down Fraser Highway for the annual Magic of Christmas Parade in Langley City on Saturday.

The parade is always the first Saturday in December, bringing together the community to share in the spirit of the season.

The parade will feature many entries including floats, bands, decorated vehicles, dance groups, horses, businesses, and community groups.

And once people have enjoyed them all, comes the finale, which always features Santa and Mrs. Claus to finish out the festive parade.

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The parade staging area is by the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre. The route takes the parade down Fraser Highway’s one-way section, where the best viewing is to be had.

Fraser Highway will be closed to traffic for the parade in that area Saturday afternoon and evening.

Moved to McBurney

There’s big changes for the Country Christmas in Langley City Dec. 6.

Country Christmas will be an outdoor family gathering this year, taking place a McBurney Plaza.

An afternoon of activities has been planned leading up to the Magic of Christmas Parade, said Karlo Tamondong, a City recreation supervisor.

From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be live entertainment with singer Mike McLeod (4:30-5 p.m.) and Peyton Rector singing from 5:15 p.m. to the start of the parade.

The outdoor holiday celebration includes crafts, facepainting and a concession by the Uplands Elementary PAC.

The family fun will also include a table where kids can write letters to Santa. Organizers will have a mail box there and the letters can be mailed to Santa at the special Canada Post address. As well, parents can consent to have their children’s letters appear in the Langley Advance Christmas supplement.

The parade gets underway at 6 p.m. and once it’s through, the fun continues at Country Christmas.

The performing group SoundScape will be on stage until 7:10 p.m. when there will be the Tree Lighting Ceremony. SoundScape will resume singing, wrapping up about 7:54 p.m.

“We’ll have a tree at McBurney Plaza and a whole bunch of lights,” Tamondong explained.

As for the nuts and bolts of organizing a family gathering: the Douglas Recreation Centre across the street will open throughout Country Christmas and the parade for people to warm up and use the washroom.

eople wandering downtown before the event will be able to see the creation of the annual ice/snow sculpture all day Saturday leading up to the holiday festivities.

Nosh with the big man

There may be a few tickets available at the door but people might not want to risk not buying the Langley City Breakfast with Santa tickets in advance.

The annual breakfast is popular with families as a way to start the day devoted to holiday fun in downtown Langley City.

Only 150 tickets are available and most have been sold.

Organizer Karlo Tamondong, a City recreation supervisor, said there’s various activities for the kids including arts and crafts, face painting “and this year we have the Purple Pirate.”

The pirate is Dustin Anderson, a children’s entertainer.

Tamondong advised families to bring their camera as the kids can meet Santa and picture taking is encouraged.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Douglas Recreation Centre, 604-514-2865, or the Timms Recreation Centre, 604-514-2940, on Eastleigh Crescent. Tickets are $7 for each person ages four and older.

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