Christmas

Lights glittered in McBurney plaza in January 2020. Funds from the cancelled Magic of Christmas parade 2020 were used to add lights, a report said. (Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Langley letter writer’s wish for Christmas

Local resident empathizes with those whose dreams are simply to be warm and dry

  • Nov 22, 2021
Lights glittered in McBurney plaza in January 2020. Funds from the cancelled Magic of Christmas parade 2020 were used to add lights, a report said. (Langley Advance Times)
Thousands lined the streets to watch the annual Magic of Christmas parade in Langley City in December 2019, the last public parade in the City since COVID. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley City cancels Christmas parade

Organizing committee amends City’s holiday activities to factor in COVID-19 safety protocols

Thousands lined the streets to watch the annual Magic of Christmas parade in Langley City in December 2019, the last public parade in the City since COVID. (Langley Advance Times files)
Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive is on now until Dec. 10, 2021. (file)

18,000 toys and counting: Keian’s Wish Toy Drive marks 10th anniversary

Initiative was launched by a Langley boy with cancer to make sure other kids have a good Christmas

Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive is on now until Dec. 10, 2021. (file)
“Holiday Passport” returns to Cloverdale starting Nov. 19. Put on by the Cloverdale Arts & Entertainment Association, the event offers a chance for shoppers to win $1,500 in gift cards from Cloverdale businesses. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Holiday Passport program encourages Christmas shopping in Cloverdale

Participants can win $1,500 in gift cards

“Holiday Passport” returns to Cloverdale starting Nov. 19. Put on by the Cloverdale Arts & Entertainment Association, the event offers a chance for shoppers to win $1,500 in gift cards from Cloverdale businesses. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
A sample of what will be on sale at the first West Langley Elementary School market since the pandemic hit. It is set for Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

West Langley Elementary School Christmas Market is back

Organizers of fundraiser for school had to sit out 2020 due to COVID

A sample of what will be on sale at the first West Langley Elementary School market since the pandemic hit. It is set for Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
One of 165 participants in this year’s Kruise 4 Kids toy and donation drive in Langley, held on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the George Preston rec centre. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: A record-setting 38th annual Kruise 4 Kids event in Langley

Initial estimates put cash donations at an all-time high

One of 165 participants in this year’s Kruise 4 Kids toy and donation drive in Langley, held on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the George Preston rec centre. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Langley cat shelter CARES is holding a Christmas auction to fundraiser for the animals. It begins Nov. 15. (CARES/Facebook)

Christmas auction, Purdys chocolate fundraiser support Langley CARES cat shelter

Purdys chocolate fundraiser has started, auction begins Nov. 15

Langley cat shelter CARES is holding a Christmas auction to fundraiser for the animals. It begins Nov. 15. (CARES/Facebook)
A scene from Bright Nights in Stanley Park promo video.

Bright Nights return to Stanley Park with help of firefighters; tickets now on sale

Vancouver’s VanDusen Festival of Lights will also start Nov. 26

A scene from Bright Nights in Stanley Park promo video.
Rudy helped out at an RCMP check stop in 2019 in Langley to promote Operation Red Nose. (Michelle Cowan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

No Operation Red Nose for Langley, Surrey this holiday season

It’s the second year of no local pick-up service

Rudy helped out at an RCMP check stop in 2019 in Langley to promote Operation Red Nose. (Michelle Cowan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
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

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

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

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)
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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