Christmas

This light display, set up in Robin Girouard and Michelle Frenette’s Aldergrove yard, garners much attention from neighbours. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Aldergrove home brightens for the season

Four years in their Aldergrove neighbourhood, and already their love of lights is proving contagious

  • Dec 13, 2021
This light display, set up in Robin Girouard and Michelle Frenette’s Aldergrove yard, garners much attention from neighbours. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Santa and Mrs. Claus wrapped up the Aldergrove Light Up Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 11. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Aldergrove Christmas parade rated a ‘huge success’

Turnout estimated in the thousands for return of event

Santa and Mrs. Claus wrapped up the Aldergrove Light Up Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 11. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Kyle Murray as Bob Cratchit, left, and Wayne Kuyer as Jacob Marley from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are collecting for local children’s charities again this year. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Marley and Cratchit collecting from Langley businesses for children’s charities

The Langley Christmas Bureau and the Empty Stocking Fund benefit from the fundraiser

Kyle Murray as Bob Cratchit, left, and Wayne Kuyer as Jacob Marley from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are collecting for local children’s charities again this year. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The jolly old elf was wearing a face shield at Aldergrove’s Shortreed school breakfast with Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 8. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Aldergrove school holds COVID-safe breakfast with Santa

Session with Santa was moved outdoors and the breakfast was buffet-style

The jolly old elf was wearing a face shield at Aldergrove’s Shortreed school breakfast with Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 8. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Santa will be among the guests attending the Aldergrove Elk’s children Christmas party on Saturday. Needless to say many of the kids get pretty excited. (Black Press Media files)

Service groups put Aldergrove kids first this Christmas

Aldergrove Elks and legion host children’s party starting at 3 p.m., followed by fun in the plaza

  • Dec 10, 2021
Santa will be among the guests attending the Aldergrove Elk’s children Christmas party on Saturday. Needless to say many of the kids get pretty excited. (Black Press Media files)
Due to pandemic, there was no Christmas parade in Aldergrove in 2020, but the community event will return again this Saturday – with COVID safety protocols in place and spectators asked to keep a safe social distance. (Black Press Media files)

Light Up Parade returns to Aldergrove Saturday evening

Dozens of floats, thousands of spectators expected to be part of holiday festivities starting at 6

  • Dec 10, 2021
Due to pandemic, there was no Christmas parade in Aldergrove in 2020, but the community event will return again this Saturday – with COVID safety protocols in place and spectators asked to keep a safe social distance. (Black Press Media files)
Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

60 years of good wishes: Two long-time Kootenay penpals keep a Christmas tradition alive

Catherine Crewe of Fernie, and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending the same card back and forth to each other since they were both five years old

Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Giant Santas come to Grand Forks neighbourhood

The Santas are massive and somewhat costly, but neighbours say they’re worth it

(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Christmas lights line Fraser Hwy. in Langley City between 201st and 203rd Streets. On Monday, Dec. 6, Langley City councillors approved using money from the cancelled Magic of Christmas parade budget to expand coverage. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Cancelled parade will mean more Christmas lights in Langley City

Council approves funding for lights along stretch of Fraser Hwy. between 201st and 203rd Streets

Christmas lights line Fraser Hwy. in Langley City between 201st and 203rd Streets. On Monday, Dec. 6, Langley City councillors approved using money from the cancelled Magic of Christmas parade budget to expand coverage. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Four-year-old Miya from Willowbrook posed with Santa at Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Sunday, Dec. 5, part of a sensory-friendly photo session for kids who can get overwhelmed by the sounds and sights of Christmas. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A quiet photo with Santa at Langley shopping centre

Sensory-friendly sessions for kids who can be overwhelmed by Christmas sights and sounds

Four-year-old Miya from Willowbrook posed with Santa at Willowbrook Shopping Centre on Sunday, Dec. 5, part of a sensory-friendly photo session for kids who can get overwhelmed by the sounds and sights of Christmas. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Jesse Rypstra and son Isaiah attended the tree lighting ceremony in Fort Langley on Saturday, Dec. 4, that Rypstra saved by stepping in at the last minute when the company that usually handles the lighting was trapped by flooding. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Crowd gathers for Fort Langley Christmas tree lighting

There was a last-minute scramble to find lighting company

Jesse Rypstra and son Isaiah attended the tree lighting ceremony in Fort Langley on Saturday, Dec. 4, that Rypstra saved by stepping in at the last minute when the company that usually handles the lighting was trapped by flooding. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Guided walking tours begin every 12 minutes.Each stop, under the shelter of a large tent, is narrated by your host, and combines video, live actors and storytelling to re-create the timeless tale.

Experience the true joy of the Christmas season

Christmas is in the air. Lights are up, decorations are in place,…

  • Dec 6, 2021
Guided walking tours begin every 12 minutes.Each stop, under the shelter of a large tent, is narrated by your host, and combines video, live actors and storytelling to re-create the timeless tale.
This year, a tree of lights went up in Aldergrove’s temporary public plaza to mark Christmas. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Tree of lights welcomed in Aldergrove public plaza

‘It lifts my spirits,’ says resident

This year, a tree of lights went up in Aldergrove’s temporary public plaza to mark Christmas. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Dave Ethier and Audrey Sinclair expect their grandkids will soon be part of their Christmas light decorating crew. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Christmas light display connects the neighbourhood

Ethier and Sinclair family’s holiday decorations are attracting the attention of neigbours

  • Dec 5, 2021
Dave Ethier and Audrey Sinclair expect their grandkids will soon be part of their Christmas light decorating crew. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
Kenzie Robson was among the many children who got to meet Santa at the Fort Langley Christmas Tree Lighting in 2017. (Langley Advance Times files)

Fort Langley goes ahead with tree lighting ceremony Saturday, Dec. 4

Floods elsewhere had organizers contemplating cancellation until 11th hour

Kenzie Robson was among the many children who got to meet Santa at the Fort Langley Christmas Tree Lighting in 2017. (Langley Advance Times files)
Marilyn Nigg (left) and her daughter Joanne Hoblak travelled from Abbotsford to visit the Pop-Up Patisserie in Cloverdale. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Patisserie pops back up in Cloverdale

Pop-Up Patisserie is in The Henry building on 176th

Marilyn Nigg (left) and her daughter Joanne Hoblak travelled from Abbotsford to visit the Pop-Up Patisserie in Cloverdale. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
During pre-COVID times, the Brookswood Night of Lights attracted hundreds for a few hours of festive cheer that culminates with a treelighting ceremony. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Brookswood lights up village again

Night of Lights returns to Langley neighbourhood Friday evening

During pre-COVID times, the Brookswood Night of Lights attracted hundreds for a few hours of festive cheer that culminates with a treelighting ceremony. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Fresh wreaths are among the items available at the St. George’s Church Bazaar. (Beverley Genge/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Fort Langley church continues Christmas bazaar tradition started more than a century ago

The 113th annual bazaar takes place Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

  • Dec 2, 2021
Fresh wreaths are among the items available at the St. George’s Church Bazaar. (Beverley Genge/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Screenshot of Metro Vancouver’s new Merry Memory Maker app/website, found on creatememoriesnotgarbage.ca.

Region’s new ‘Merry Memory Maker’ app lists 200 low-waste Christmas gift ideas at price points

‘Nothing is better than time spent together,’ urges the chair of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee

Screenshot of Metro Vancouver’s new Merry Memory Maker app/website, found on creatememoriesnotgarbage.ca.