Christmas events for the family start this Saturday

Hometown holiday happenings

Township of Langley invites the community to celebrate the season with a variety of events and activities

The holidays will soon be upon us and the Township of Langley invites the community to celebrate the season with a variety of events and activities for all ages and interests.

Old-fashioned family fun can be found at Langley Centennial Museum when Pioneer Christmas returns on Saturday, Dec. 3. Little ones can enjoy crafts, storytelling with Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, cookie decorating, and a visit and photo with Santa. Morning and afternoon sessions are available and registration is required at RecExpress.ca. Cost is $10 per family of four.

Christmas in Williams Park returns with lights, cut-outs, and displays from Monday, Dec. 5 to Saturday, Dec. 17. Visitors can drive through the park at 238 Street and 68 Avenue between 5:30 and 9 p.m. to view the holiday spectacle, and donations will help cover the cost of maintaining the displays.

Those looking for an easy and enjoyable way to get to the Vancouver Christmas Market can board a bus at W.C. Blair Recreation Centre or Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre on the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 8. For adults age 18 and over. Register at RecExpress.ca.

Santa Claus is coming to town and on Saturday, Dec. 10, local boys and girls can join him for Breakfast With Santa at Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, from 9  11 a.m. To reserve a spot, call 604-533-6144. The free event is co-sponsored by Encompass Support Services Society, Rich Coleman – MLA Fort Langley/Aldergrove, and Darryl Plecas – MLA Abbotsford South.

Children aged one to six can decorate cookies and enjoy games, crafts, and activities during the Holiday Family Fun Event, which runs Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at West Langley Hall and kids must be accompanied by someone aged 16 or older. Cost is $2 per child. Call 604-882-0408 or visit RecExpress.ca.

Looking to make a splash and stay active this holiday season?  Drop in and join the Township’s play leaders in the pool at W.C. Blair Recreation Centre or Walnut Grove Community Centre for games and activities. Holiday Family Pool Fun runs at both Centres from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, Dec. 19 to 30. Regular rates and rules apply. For details call 604-533-6170 or 604-882-0408.

Kids aged three to 12 can enjoy a Holiday Craft and Swim or act as Santa’s Li’l Helpers at Walnut Grove Community Centre from Dec. 19 to 23, Monday through Friday. As well, a variety of camps and programs where kids of all ages can participate in active fun will be offered at all Township of Langley community, cultural, and recreation centres throughout the winter break. Check out the Fall/Winter Leisure Guide at tol.ca/guides or visit RecExpress.ca.

A Christmas Eve Skate for all ages will be held at Aldergrove Community Arena, 2882 – 272 Street and George Preston Recreation Centre, 20699 – 42 Avenue, on Saturday, Dec. 24. Guests can come by between 1:30 and 3 p.m. and drop-in rates apply.

Adults aged 18 and over can round out the holiday season with a visit to the Bright Lights Christmas Train at Stanley Park. Board a bus at W.C. Blair Recreation Centre or Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre on the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 29. Register at RecExpress.ca.