So much to enjoy in Aldergrove this Christmas

Santa Claus is going to be very busy with special visits in the community and a special spot in the Aldergrove Christmas Light Up Parade

Santa Claus has a busy schedule of public appearances this month in Aldergrove.

Santa Claus is going to be very busy in Aldergrove and area in the next few weeks, with special visits in the community and a special spot in the Aldergrove Christmas Light Up Parade, before he returns on Christmas Eve to visit homes in the community with his bag of gifts.

There will be breakfasts with Santa at Otter Co-op on the next two Saturday mornings, Dec. 5 and 12, as well as at Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre on Saturday, Dec. 12.

There will be two breakfast sittings at Otter Co-op, 8:30 and 10 a.m., Dec. 5 and 12 at Otter Co-op. Tickets must be purchased in advance so Otter Co-op has the proper amount of food prepared, and cost $5.49 for children and $6.49 for adults. Guests are invited to bring their own cameras to take photos of the children with Santa. For reservations call 604-856-2517.

The Saturday, Dec. 12 breakfast with Santa at Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre is from 9 to 11 a.m. and again reservations are required in advance: call 604-533-6144.

There is also a Pioneer Christmas celebration this Saturday, Dec. 5 at Langley Centennial Museum in Fort Langley. The programs run from 10 a.m. to noon, and repeats at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Guests will explore the decorated galleries at the museum and enjoy pioneer and traditional crafts, along with a visit from Santa Claus. Cost is $10 for a family of four and registration is required: call 604-532-3536.

Christmas in Williams Park returns for its 25th anniversary year from December 7 to 19. The park’s spectacular Christmas lights display will be open daily from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 238 Street and 68 Avenue. Guests are welcome to enjoy the comfort of their cars as they drive through the displays.

The Township of Langley also hosts family fun with crafts, cookie decorating, story time and decorating a gingerbread house on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 to 4 p.m. at West Langley Hall, 9308 – 208 Street. Registration recommended: call 604-882-0408.

A Christmas Carol Sing will be held Sunday, December 13, 7 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s Church, 3025 – 264th St. Admission to this all-ages event is by donation. Come sing some of the best songs of the season with members of St. Dunstan’s. Refreshments following in the church hall.

In addition, the Langley Ukulele Association presents two Christmas concerts in Langley, Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 and 7 p.m. in the Langley Evangelical Free Church, 20719 – 48 Avenue. Advance tickets are available by calling 604-340-8537.

Aldergrove’s annual Christmas Light Up Parade comes to Aldergrove on Saturday, December 12, starting at 6 p.m. in downtown Aldergrove.

The parade follows the annual children’s Christmas party hosted by the Aldergrove Elks in the afternoon. The free party is at Saints Joachim and Ann Parish, 2827 – 273 Street from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and reservations are not required.

The parade route runs along Fraser Highway through downtown Aldergrove and includes carol singing and free hot chocolate.

The Walter Levy trophy will also be presented to the Christmas home decorating contest winners.

The Pennington family’s home features over 10,000 white and blue sparkling led lights, with plans to grow the display each year. Open nightly from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at 2861 Cambie Street. The Star welcomes submissions from the public regarding Christmas light displays. Please send details (and photos) to email: newsroom@aldergrovestar.com

Aldergrove’s “Ottergrove” Girl Guides will be collecting non perishable food donations for the food bank during the Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 12. The Guides will be walking in the parade and would love the community to bring their donations to the curb for them to collect as they walk by.

The parade will be followed by an after-party, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Extra Foods parking lot, 3100 – 272 Street. There will be live music and dance performances, along with hot dogs, hot chocolate and popcorn for the families who attend.

For those who wish to enter a parade float, the application deadline is Dec. 9. To enter a float register by completing a Christmas Light Up Parade form found on the website: http://aldergrovefair.ca/parades/christmas-light-up-parade/

For more information, please email to parades@aldergrovefair.ca.