Christmas

City crews will be taking lights down around the downtown this weekend. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley City Christmas lights are coming down, later than usual

City was ‘determined to provide some holiday cheer for the community’ by leaving up into February

 

Sean Gallawan visited kids around the community on Dec. 19, 2020. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Operation Restore Faith in Big Red: Santa visits Langley kids in red Jeep

Couple estimates to have stopped at 20 homes

 

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau executive director Chris Bayliss was surrounded by toys Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 at the 37th annual Kruise for Kids toy drive and fundraiser held at the Langley Events Centre for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau brings the holidays to 700 families

Despite COVID-19 limitations, 2020’s campaign went smoothly

 

Lights glitter in McBurney plaza on Saturday, Jan 9, 2020. Funds from the cancelled Magic of Christmas parade were used to add lights this year and for years to come, a report said. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: How the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in more Christmas lights for Langley City

City was ‘determined to provide some holiday cheer for the community’

Lights glitter in McBurney plaza on Saturday, Jan 9, 2020. Funds from the cancelled Magic of Christmas parade were used to add lights this year and for years to come, a report said. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Dan Donkers and Andrea Voss of the Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope in Langley organized the annual Kettle Campaign. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Generosity means Langley Christmas Kettle Campaign exceeds goal by $46,000

The Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope will put the cash towards local programs

Dan Donkers and Andrea Voss of the Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope in Langley organized the annual Kettle Campaign. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Langley RCMP Traffic Section officers conducted a December blitz against impaired and dangerous drivers. (Langley Advance Times files)

Drug-impaired drivers more common than drunk drivers over holidays in Langley

Local Mounties gave out a flurry of tickets and suspensions during December

Langley RCMP Traffic Section officers conducted a December blitz against impaired and dangerous drivers. (Langley Advance Times files)
(Black Press Media files)

Ryan’s Regards: So long 2020

A look back at the last twelve months proves to be a dizzying exercise in reflection

(Black Press Media files)
Staff at Brogan’s Diner volunteered their time on Dec. 25, 2020 to help prepare and serve free Christmas dinner to those in need of a warm meal. (Brogan’s Diner/Facebook)

Brogan’s Diner serves 450 Christmas dinners to Langley community

A combination of dine-in and take-out meals were provided

Staff at Brogan’s Diner volunteered their time on Dec. 25, 2020 to help prepare and serve free Christmas dinner to those in need of a warm meal. (Brogan’s Diner/Facebook)
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LETTER: Langley grandmother shares child’s Christmas note to Santa

Little girl writes a thank you note to Santa after Christmas

  • Dec 30, 2020
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Robin and Michele Girouard’s home in Aldergrove, 27079 24a Ave, is decked with lights. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

Top three homes picked for Walt Levy Light-up Aldergrove contest

Lee and Corrie Corfe’s home at 26965 25A Ave earned first place this Christmas

Robin and Michele Girouard’s home in Aldergrove, 27079 24a Ave, is decked with lights. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
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Give your Christmas tree back to the wild by leaving it outside: nature conservancy

The trees can be a great benefit to local wildlife

  • Dec 29, 2020
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Cloverdale-Langley City MP Tamara Jansen sent out Christmas cards and one local constituent is concerned about the message it sends in the age of COVID.

LETTER: Langley resident irked by lack of social distancing in MP’s Christmas card photo

A constituent is concerned about the message a group family photos sends during a global pandemic

  • Dec 28, 2020
Cloverdale-Langley City MP Tamara Jansen sent out Christmas cards and one local constituent is concerned about the message it sends in the age of COVID.
There will be a contactless bottle drive and tree chipping for the D.W. Poppy dry grad 2021 at the school, which is located at 23752 – 52nd Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Lisa Butt/special to Langley Advance Times)

Where to retire your Christmas tree in Langley

Some community groups will still be holding by-donation disposal events under COVID-19 restrictions

There will be a contactless bottle drive and tree chipping for the D.W. Poppy dry grad 2021 at the school, which is located at 23752 – 52nd Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Lisa Butt/special to Langley Advance Times)
After much uncertainty if the event could go ahead, Christmas in Williams Park welcomed hundreds of guests for two weekends in December. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)

Organizer estimates 20,000 visited Williams Park this Christmas

Drive-thru light display was open to the public for two weekends only

After much uncertainty if the event could go ahead, Christmas in Williams Park welcomed hundreds of guests for two weekends in December. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Allie, Grade 1, Lynn Fripps Elementary

LETTERS TO SANTA3: How are you and Mrs. Claus, Langley kids ask

Selection of letters from local kids and enjoy two more assortments posted over the holiday season.

Allie, Grade 1, Lynn Fripps Elementary
Save-On Foods Aldergrove held a toy drive for Sources Community Resource Centre. (Special to The Star)

Save-On Foods ‘Giving Tree’ showers Aldergrove seniors with gifts

Residents of Jackman Manor were purchased gifts that they had asked for by supermarket shoppers

Save-On Foods Aldergrove held a toy drive for Sources Community Resource Centre. (Special to The Star)
Roshaneh, Grade 1, Lynn Fripps Elementary

LETTERS TO SANTA2: Langley kids wishes and worries for the Jolly ‘Ol Elf

Watch for two more assortments of local kids letters posted online over the holiday season.

Roshaneh, Grade 1, Lynn Fripps Elementary
Mariana Arámburu lives in Langley City and shares some of the traditions from Mexico, where she was born. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Black Press Media)

Langley City woman recalls cherished traditions of Mexican Christmas

Festivities centre on faith and family during the holidays

  • Dec 25, 2020
Mariana Arámburu lives in Langley City and shares some of the traditions from Mexico, where she was born. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Black Press Media)
Colbran, 11, handled the camera work for the Dancing for Dessert studio Christmas Dance Challenge. (Dancing for Desserts pohto/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Colbran, 11, handled the camera work for the Dancing for Dessert studio Christmas Dance Challenge. (Dancing for Desserts pohto/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Gord Maxwell and Laurie Thain, who perform together as Maxwell and Thain, have released a Christmas song. (Dee Lippingwell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Enjoy a Christmas song by Maple Ridge teacher, performed by her dad

Though the song was written a few years ago, its reflective tone captures 2020

Gord Maxwell and Laurie Thain, who perform together as Maxwell and Thain, have released a Christmas song. (Dee Lippingwell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)