Christmas

Tourism Langley’s Erinn Kredba and Daniella Potesta show off a great last-minute gift idea that will speak to the craft beer fans out there, while also promoting local businesses. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Local gift ideas for collectors, coffee fans and comforter seekers

Last-minute gift suggestions also boost local businesses

Tourism Langley’s Erinn Kredba and Daniella Potesta show off a great last-minute gift idea that will speak to the craft beer fans out there, while also promoting local businesses. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)

VIDEO: Santa Claus cleared for arrival in Canada

The jolly old fellow is an essential worker

Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)
For three nights from Friday, December 18, to Sunday Dec. 20, Living Waters Church in Fort Langley collected contributions for the Langley Food Bank using the COVID-safety techniques they have become accustomed to during the pandemic. (special to Langley Advance Times)

Despite pouring rain, a drive-by donation to help the Langley Food Bank draws a big response

Fort Langley’s Living Waters Church has more than a little experience planning such events

For three nights from Friday, December 18, to Sunday Dec. 20, Living Waters Church in Fort Langley collected contributions for the Langley Food Bank using the COVID-safety techniques they have become accustomed to during the pandemic. (special to Langley Advance Times)
Even with a dump of snow, Glow Gardens’ original dates are sold out so another week has been added. (Lisa Farquharson/Black Press Media)

Sold out for 2020, Langley’s Glow Gardens adds extra week in January

Limited tickets available for drive-thru light display at Darvonda Nurseries, Jan. 4 to 9

Even with a dump of snow, Glow Gardens’ original dates are sold out so another week has been added. (Lisa Farquharson/Black Press Media)
Dave Sharma & Sunny Sharma (father and son) of Alder Liquor Store. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)

Free meal for less fortunate Aldergrove residents handed out on Christmas Eve

Dave and Sunny Sharma, owners of Alder Liquor store, are offering food to go on Dec. 24

Dave Sharma & Sunny Sharma (father and son) of Alder Liquor Store. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)

Nothing stops Santa from bringing joy to sick children – even with pandemic protocols

Santa sent gifts to Victoria General, Surrey Memorial, Royal Columbian and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

  • Dec 22, 2020
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)
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Robin and Michele Girouard’s home in Aldergrove, 27079 24a Ave, is decked with lights. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

CHRISTMAS LIGHT MAP: ‘We do it for the neighbours’

Nearly 10,000 lights cover Robin and Michele Girouard’s Aldergrove home

Robin and Michele Girouard’s home in Aldergrove, 27079 24a Ave, is decked with lights. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, a man dressed as Santa Claus who was flying on a powered parachute on his way to deliver candy canes to children is seen stuck on power lines in Rio Linda, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The man was rescued uninjured. The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a school in Rio Linda and then hit and became suspended in power lines, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told KCRA-TV. (California Highway Patrol via AP)

Man dressed as Santa rescued from power lines in California

Video from the rescue shows the aircraft dangling overhead as Santa sat fastened to the pilot seat

In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, a man dressed as Santa Claus who was flying on a powered parachute on his way to deliver candy canes to children is seen stuck on power lines in Rio Linda, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The man was rescued uninjured. The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a school in Rio Linda and then hit and became suspended in power lines, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told KCRA-TV. (California Highway Patrol via AP)
Lennox Unruh, a Grade 2 student with different abilities at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary, tries out his new bike with physiotherapist Marsalie Black. (Special to the Star)

Coghlan Elementary student gifted trike designed for his mobility issues

Aldergrove bike shop shop, Cranky’s, helped secure funding for the tricycle

Lennox Unruh, a Grade 2 student with different abilities at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary, tries out his new bike with physiotherapist Marsalie Black. (Special to the Star)
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Jupiter and Saturn align in our skies tonight, to form the Great Conjunction

Stargazers typically gather in groups at observatories or with backyard telescopes for such events

  • Dec 21, 2020
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Jaclyn Mountain says her mother, Cindy Mountain, seen in an undated handout photo, would be thrilled to see her Port Coquitlam, B.C., home decked out in Christmas lights for the first time in15 years. Cindy Mountain, of ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C., died of COVID-19 in April at age 59. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Mountain Family, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

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Jaclyn Mountain says her mother, Cindy Mountain, seen in an undated handout photo, would be thrilled to see her Port Coquitlam, B.C., home decked out in Christmas lights for the first time in15 years. Cindy Mountain, of ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C., died of COVID-19 in April at age 59. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Mountain Family, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
After Alanna Wadhwani, seen here with son Nathan, was deluged with orders for her ‘dog poo’ 2020 Christmas ornament, she set up what she described as a factory in her West Maple Maple Ridge home (Special to The News)
After Alanna Wadhwani, seen here with son Nathan, was deluged with orders for her ‘dog poo’ 2020 Christmas ornament, she set up what she described as a factory in her West Maple Maple Ridge home (Special to The News)
Aldergrove residents have been leaving personalized decor along the green fence surrounding the Christmas tree in the Alder Inn lot. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

Photos: Aldergrove shares holiday traditions and positive wishes

Residents left personalized decor along fence surrounding the Christmas tree in Alder Inn lot

Aldergrove residents have been leaving personalized decor along the green fence surrounding the Christmas tree in the Alder Inn lot. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
Long lines have prompted Christmas at Williams Park organizers to make reservation option online. (Mariana Aramburu/Special to The Star)

Christmas at Williams Park sold out

Organizers ask people not to come if they don’t already have a reservation this weekend

Long lines have prompted Christmas at Williams Park organizers to make reservation option online. (Mariana Aramburu/Special to The Star)
Gathering at Aldergrove Christmas tree on Saturday to help people grieve together. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

Helping Aldergrove grieve this holiday season

Informal candlelight Christmas sing-a-long to be held Saturday at Aldergrove Christmas tree

Gathering at Aldergrove Christmas tree on Saturday to help people grieve together. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
Brothers Tony and Peter Beier have decorated Peter’s front yard again at 2403 Watburne Crescent. Tony said it all started as a way of countering his and his wife’s season depression. (special to Langley Advance Times)

Beier brothers Christmas lights display is back

This year’s additions have a big ‘woah’ factor

Brothers Tony and Peter Beier have decorated Peter’s front yard again at 2403 Watburne Crescent. Tony said it all started as a way of countering his and his wife’s season depression. (special to Langley Advance Times)
Aldergrove Elks support the Aldergrove Food Bank by presenting a float at the legion branch #265 on Saturday, Dec.12. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)

Aldergrove Elks club spreads support with Save-On gift cards and food bank donations

More than $42,400 was raised for Aldergrove Food Bank at legion’s faux Christmas parade

Aldergrove Elks support the Aldergrove Food Bank by presenting a float at the legion branch #265 on Saturday, Dec.12. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Meet Jake, Harley, and Kate, whose names decorate a tree in Langley City’s Hunter Park (special to Langley Advance Times)

How ‘Jake’s Tree’ came to be planted in Langley’s Hunter Park

An anonymous fan of the unofficial memorial to three beloved dogs has added Christmas decorations

Meet Jake, Harley, and Kate, whose names decorate a tree in Langley City’s Hunter Park (special to Langley Advance Times)
Chad Friesen. leader of the First Walnut Grove Scout troop, added another former Christmas tree to the pile at Walnut Grove Secondary in 2019. This holiday season, the troop will be back, because the school has a long driveway that allows COVID-19 distancing. Some tree chipping events in Langley have had to be cancelled. (Langley Advance Times file)

There will be fewer tree chipping events in Langley this year, but they will occur

Some community groups have been able to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, while others have not

Chad Friesen. leader of the First Walnut Grove Scout troop, added another former Christmas tree to the pile at Walnut Grove Secondary in 2019. This holiday season, the troop will be back, because the school has a long driveway that allows COVID-19 distancing. Some tree chipping events in Langley have had to be cancelled. (Langley Advance Times file)