Christmas

Sisters Raleyn, 7, (L) and Makenna, 6, star in a home-made Christmas video titled “A Covid Christmas.” (YouTube)

VIDEO: Langley family creates satirical video to celebrate Christmas

‘A Covid Christmas’ makes ironic reference to masks, social distancing and toilet paper hoarding

Sisters Raleyn, 7, (L) and Makenna, 6, star in a home-made Christmas video titled “A Covid Christmas.” (YouTube)
Makenna (left) and her sister Raelyn hit all the high notes in their ‘A Covid Christmas’ video.

VIDEO: Langley family creates Christmas COVID song

Olynyk family share ‘A COVID Christmas’ parody song, inspired by A Christmas For Two

Makenna (left) and her sister Raelyn hit all the high notes in their ‘A Covid Christmas’ video.
A box stuffed with goodies that supports local businesses and also helps charity is being offered by Tourism Langley, which annoumnced the offer on Dec. 3, 2020 (Special to Langley Advance Times)

A good deal and a good deed offered by Tourism Langley

Gift box revenues will support local businesses and the Langley Christmas Bureau

A box stuffed with goodies that supports local businesses and also helps charity is being offered by Tourism Langley, which annoumnced the offer on Dec. 3, 2020 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Bjorn Wejr’s front yard in Maple Ridge is a favourite for passers by. (Special to The News)

Christmas traditions: Maple Ridge man’s front lawn features more than 180 light-up statues

Bjorn Wejr travels as far as Tacoma, WA to add to his Christmas blow mold collection each year

Bjorn Wejr’s front yard in Maple Ridge is a favourite for passers by. (Special to The News)
Asplundh Tree Services installed candy canes and wreaths on the light poles in downtown Aldergrove. (Doug Hadley/Special to the Aldergrove Star)

PHOTOS: Constructing Candy Cane Lane

Asplundh Tree Services installed candy canes and wreaths on the light poles in downtown Aldergrove

Asplundh Tree Services installed candy canes and wreaths on the light poles in downtown Aldergrove. (Doug Hadley/Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Glow Gardens opens on Tuesday, Dec. 8, after Dr. Bonnie Henry announces that drive-thru events can go ahead. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

PHOTOS: Glow Gardens in Langley opens one month after relocation and COVID postponement

Christmas light display was initially set to open at Greater Vancouver Zoo in November

Glow Gardens opens on Tuesday, Dec. 8, after Dr. Bonnie Henry announces that drive-thru events can go ahead. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
Wanting to illuminate his Langley City neighbourhood, 50th Avenue resident Troy Warren, and his wife Debbie, have purchased hundreds of commercial grade Christmas lights for their home and added a number of new features to their front yard holiday exhibit. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Sharing a little extra light and love this season

Tell us about your favourite Langley Christmas displays

Wanting to illuminate his Langley City neighbourhood, 50th Avenue resident Troy Warren, and his wife Debbie, have purchased hundreds of commercial grade Christmas lights for their home and added a number of new features to their front yard holiday exhibit. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)
Pastor Derrick and Sara Lee keep warm during last years festivities!

Miracle on My Street gives Langley the gift of hope, peace and joy

Local church adapts annual Christmas event with a drive-through presentation

  • Dec 7, 2020
Pastor Derrick and Sara Lee keep warm during last years festivities!
For 17 years, this home at 26887 24A Avenue in Aldergrove has been the site of ever-more elaborate Christmas lights displays. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Family tradition lights up Aldergrove street

Every year, there’s something new at the house in the 26800 block of 24A Avenue

For 17 years, this home at 26887 24A Avenue in Aldergrove has been the site of ever-more elaborate Christmas lights displays. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Santa’s helpers, in the form of Langley City workers such as Christine Keserich, decorated several areas of the downtown core in recent weeks. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Fun signs meant to deter Christmas light vandals in Langley City

Municipality hopes Grinches forego targetting holiday displays during a tough year

Santa’s helpers, in the form of Langley City workers such as Christine Keserich, decorated several areas of the downtown core in recent weeks. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)
In the mid-1960s, Langley City volunteer firefighters strung Christmas lights downtown. The firefighters pictured are: bottom ladder Tony Slogar, top of the ladder Aksel Ebbeson, holding the ladder Maynard Brinnon, front row was Dick Sendall, Evan Young, Al Brown, John Anderson, John Stroyan, back row were, Merv Hunter and Terry Halsey. (Jim McGregor/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Historic photo shows Langley firefighters decking the halls

Until the 1970s, City firefighters were in charge of hanging the light displays downtown

In the mid-1960s, Langley City volunteer firefighters strung Christmas lights downtown. The firefighters pictured are: bottom ladder Tony Slogar, top of the ladder Aksel Ebbeson, holding the ladder Maynard Brinnon, front row was Dick Sendall, Evan Young, Al Brown, John Anderson, John Stroyan, back row were, Merv Hunter and Terry Halsey. (Jim McGregor/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Glitter is a plastic that gets into places it should not and is part of the growing micro-plastics environmental problem. (Wikimedia Commons)

LETTER: Give gifts that stand the test of time, Langley student suggests

A school assignment got a local student thinking about the enviromental impacts of gift giving

  • Dec 4, 2020
Glitter is a plastic that gets into places it should not and is part of the growing micro-plastics environmental problem. (Wikimedia Commons)
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LETTER: Langley man asks people to remember the true reason for Christmas

Find new ways to mark the holiday season during the global pandemic, a letter writer suggests

  • Dec 2, 2020
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Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston

‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Anticipated demand for Christmas trees has sparked a rush by some to purchase more trees wholesale

Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston
This is what thousands of Christmas lights looks like. Rob Baerg and Ken Sherwood launched their latest Christmas light display on their front lawns in the 20600 block of 44A Avenue on Sunday, Nov, 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Ultimate Christmas light display returns to Langley street

This house and several others are on our interactive Christmas Light Display Map

This is what thousands of Christmas lights looks like. Rob Baerg and Ken Sherwood launched their latest Christmas light display on their front lawns in the 20600 block of 44A Avenue on Sunday, Nov, 29, 2020 (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Local people are signing onto an online campaign to have people stand out of doors at 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve and ring bells for two minutes. (Facebook post)

LETTER: Langley, ring those Christmas bells

Global campaign asks people to ring bells for two minutes outside at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve local time

  • Nov 28, 2020
Local people are signing onto an online campaign to have people stand out of doors at 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve and ring bells for two minutes. (Facebook post)
Nearly 50 businesses and organizations from Aldergrove showcased their unique “light-up” float or display in Aldergrove’s annual Christmas Light-Up parade in 2019. (Aldergrove Star files)

Latest COVID restrictions cancels Aldergrove Christmas Light-Up parade

Annual holiday event, with socially distant restrictions in place, was set for Saturday, Dec. 12

Nearly 50 businesses and organizations from Aldergrove showcased their unique “light-up” float or display in Aldergrove’s annual Christmas Light-Up parade in 2019. (Aldergrove Star files)
People wear face masks as they pose next to a Christmas display in Montreal, Sunday, November 22, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

How to tell family their Christmas gathering is too risky and you’re not going

Dr. Hurst says it’s best to frame the conversation from a place of care, stressing safety precautions.

People wear face masks as they pose next to a Christmas display in Montreal, Sunday, November 22, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Velma MacAllister, coordinator of the Langley Christmas Bureau, holds up donated gift cards at the bureau’s temporary location at Timms Community Centre in Langley City. The bureau is in need of cash, gift card or cheque donations this year to support 800 local families. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)

Generosity imperative this holiday season

Langley Christmas Bureau is dependent on the donation of gift cards this year

Velma MacAllister, coordinator of the Langley Christmas Bureau, holds up donated gift cards at the bureau’s temporary location at Timms Community Centre in Langley City. The bureau is in need of cash, gift card or cheque donations this year to support 800 local families. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)
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