Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the Christmas Craft Fair this weekend in Aldergrove.

Crafts for the season at Aldergrove Christmas Fair

Christmas Craft Fair in Aldergrove is host to artisans and crafters... PLUS: Christmas in Williams Park seeks volunteers

Back for its third year, this weekend’s Christmas Craft Fair in Aldergrove is host to artisans and crafters from around Metro Vancouver, offering handmade goods and homestyle treats for holiday shoppers.

Jennifer Armstrong, of Jen’s Craft Room, has been there since the first year.

She says, “I love this market because it’s 100 per cent handmade vendors. The people who run the market are wonderful, the food is fantastic, and to top it off there’s a wonderful Santa and Mrs. Claus.”

Organizer Jeannine McCarthy said that providing a family atmosphere is one of their goals.

“We have free face painting and photos with Santa for the kids, holiday-themed entertainment, and scratch-made snacks and meals available throughout the fair. We want shoppers to feel they can take their time with the vendors and have some fun.”

Along with finding gifts for the whole family, guests can stock up on holiday baking at the craft fair’s second annual bakeshop.

“It’s another way we can make the holidays easier for busy families,” McCarthy said.

A fun family weekend outing that helps you pare down your gift list and stock up on holiday treats is a great way to kick off the holiday season.

The Christmas Craft Fair takes place Friday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sts. Joachim & Ann Church Parish Hall, 2827 – 273 Street, Aldergrove.

Christmas in Williams Park seeks volunteers

Wanted: elves! Or at least a number of dedicated people who are full of Christmas spirit and want to make the holidays special for the community.

Christmas in Williams Park is returning this December and helpers are needed to bring the 26th annual tradition to life.

“Every year since 1991, Williams Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland of displays and lights that attracts visitors from throughout the Lower Mainland,” said Scott Johnson, Parks Services Coordinator for the Township of Langley, which teams up with the Christmas in Williams Park Organizing Committee and Christmas in Williams Park Society to present the event.

This year, Christmas in Williams Park will run from Monday, Dec. 5 to Saturday, Dec. 17, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to drive through the park at 238 Street and 68 Avenue and view the illuminated, magical holiday spectacle from the comfort of their own vehicles.

Donations are gratefully accepted and help cover the cost of maintaining the displays, and the support of local service clubs and businesses also greatly contribute to running the family-friendly event.

“Christmas in Williams Park has been a well-loved tradition in our community for more than a quarter of a century,” said Johnson, who notes that generations of visitors and bus-loads of out-of-towners come out to see the lights, cut-outs, and displays in the park’s beautiful natural setting. “Every year we rely on dedicated volunteers to help make it happen.”

Organizers are currently looking for volunteers to help with lights and electrical work, greet the public, and assist with setting up and taking down the displays. Set up will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27, and take down will occur on Sunday, Dec. 18. Greeters are needed throughout the event.

For more information or to get involved, contact Michelle Barkes at mbarkes@tol.ca or 604-532-7350.

Families and businesses can also show their support through sponsorship of Christmas in Williams Park. Those who make a $250 donation to the Christmas in Williams Park Society can have their name displayed on a decorated tree that will be seen by thousands of community members during the event.

For sponsorship information, contact Barbara Sharp of the Christmas in Williams Park Society at 778-836-0887 or barbsharp@shaw.ca.