Christmas

The SOS Thrift Shop truck was reported stolen in Parksville on Dec. 16, 2021. (SOS Facebook photo)

Grinch alert: SOS Thrift Shop truck reported stolen in Parksville

Organization busy collecting donations to make Christmas brighter for PQB residents

The SOS Thrift Shop truck was reported stolen in Parksville on Dec. 16, 2021. (SOS Facebook photo)
Events at the Greater Victoria Downtown Business Association’s Lights of Wonder demonstration will take place nightly (barring Dec. 25) from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Downtown Business Association)

Lights of Wonder opens in Centennial Square

Downtown Victoria Business Association’s light show returns after a 2020 hiatus

Events at the Greater Victoria Downtown Business Association’s Lights of Wonder demonstration will take place nightly (barring Dec. 25) from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Downtown Business Association)
Santa Claus will drop by Sidney for a visit on Sunday (Dec. 19) after being invited by the Peninsula Celebrations Society. Santa will be at at the bandshell in Sidney’s Beacon Park from noon to 3 p.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Santa coming to Sidney on Dec. 19

Peninsula Celebration Society prepares to hold its first event in two years

Santa Claus will drop by Sidney for a visit on Sunday (Dec. 19) after being invited by the Peninsula Celebrations Society. Santa will be at at the bandshell in Sidney’s Beacon Park from noon to 3 p.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
RCMP police dog handlers Cpl. Dean Muir, left, and Const. Matthew Tomasson show off a blanket crocheted for police service dog Herc. (Photo submitted)

Vancouver Island woman crochets police dogs blankets for Christmas

Woman who loves to crochet creates blankets for all four of Nanaimo RCMP’s police service dogs

RCMP police dog handlers Cpl. Dean Muir, left, and Const. Matthew Tomasson show off a blanket crocheted for police service dog Herc. (Photo submitted)
A Santa gets ready to launch. Photo courtesy Billie Harlow.

VIDEO: Santa Paddle spreads holiday spirit on the waves

Santa caps and wet suits together make for a festive outfit

A Santa gets ready to launch. Photo courtesy Billie Harlow.
One Oak Bay family’s tree of gratitude, much like an advent calendar of goodwill, shares a new positive message or action each day. (Michael Cunliffe/Twitter)

Popular Oak Bay gratitude tree spreads goodwill, community engagement

‘We still need the positivity in the world and always do’: Michael Cunliffe

One Oak Bay family’s tree of gratitude, much like an advent calendar of goodwill, shares a new positive message or action each day. (Michael Cunliffe/Twitter)
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)
Capital Bike is hosting its traditional festive bike ride – cyclists will decorate their bikes and head out on a 10-kilometre loop around downtown Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Corey Burger)
Capital Bike is hosting its traditional festive bike ride – cyclists will decorate their bikes and head out on a 10-kilometre loop around downtown Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Corey Burger)
Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)

Santa Go Round returns to the West Shore this month

Santa joins View Royal firefighters Saturday (Dec. 11) spreading cheer, collecting food donations

Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)
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
Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pharmacy making Christmas wishes come true

Gifts go to Ayre Manor residents, Sooke Christmas Bureau and the women’s transition house

Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)

Malahat Skywalk gearing up for Christmas

Number of events planned over festive season

  • Dec 7, 2021
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)
Grace Sinats (centre) plays Eddie Scrooge, a 17-year-old with a bah-humbug attitude. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Claremont students bring modern version of Scrooge to Saanich

Humbug High, showing Dec. 9 to 11, features in-person and livestream options for audiences

Grace Sinats (centre) plays Eddie Scrooge, a 17-year-old with a bah-humbug attitude. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s library lines up family holiday activities

Scavenger hunt, story walk planned throughout the month

Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
There were several trucks decorated with Christmas lights in the Sooke Santa Claus Parade. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke sparkles during annual Santa Claus Parade

32 entries were in this year’s parade, led by Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy

There were several trucks decorated with Christmas lights in the Sooke Santa Claus Parade. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Milner Gardens and Woodland entrance sign. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Milner Gardens and Woodland entrance sign. (Mandy Moraes photo)
More than 80 trucks covered in holiday decorations rolled through Greater Victoria’s street Saturday night, during the 23rd IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: IEOA Truck Light Convoy shines throughout Greater Victoria

More than 80 trucks participated in this year’s parade and food drive

More than 80 trucks covered in holiday decorations rolled through Greater Victoria’s street Saturday night, during the 23rd IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
At more than nine metres wide, the enlarged Colwood Star can be seen from afar, now that it is remounted on the back of Dwayne Gordon and Leah Moreau’s Triangle Mountain home. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Gordon)

Scaled-up Colwood star shines down on city for second year

After receiving plenty of positive feedback last year, homeowners make it bigger and brighter

At more than nine metres wide, the enlarged Colwood Star can be seen from afar, now that it is remounted on the back of Dwayne Gordon and Leah Moreau’s Triangle Mountain home. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Gordon)
Greater Victoria residents are encouraged to light up their properties with holiday decorations this month, and to enter into the Light up the City contest though vicnews.com/contests, with the top-voted displays earning prizes from Helijet International, Peninsula Co-op, and other local sponsors. Pictured is a display from the 2020 contest. (Photo Courtesy of Greater Victoria Festival Society)

Light Up The City holiday decoration contest returns to Greater Victoria

Enter and vote for your favourites at vicnews.com/contests until Dec. 17

Greater Victoria residents are encouraged to light up their properties with holiday decorations this month, and to enter into the Light up the City contest though vicnews.com/contests, with the top-voted displays earning prizes from Helijet International, Peninsula Co-op, and other local sponsors. Pictured is a display from the 2020 contest. (Photo Courtesy of Greater Victoria Festival Society)