Lights aglow on Big White
Story by Judi Zienchuck
Despite temperatures dipping down to close to -30ºC, crowds of devoted village guests gathered in Big White around the Village Centre Mall Friday December 6th night to witness the town officially launch into the Christmas season by turning on strings of festive lights across trees and buildings throughout the town centre.
To keep everyone warm during the event, Big White Resort served complimentary hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts over an open fire. Boomer, the Big White kangaroo and Santa Claus himself both made appearances, pleasing children and adults alike throughout the evening.
The spotlight of the event was a ceremonial countdown in front of the iconic Village Centre Mall clock tower. At 7:00pm, all of the festive lights were turned on in front of a highly enthusiastic crowd. One of the women attending the event with her family, Jen, said, “Christmas is my favourite time of year and this is exactly what my daughter and I needed to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m definitely inspired to start decorating my own Christmas tree now.”
The lights will now turn on every night after dark throughout the season. Beginning in January, they will be also be joined by a fireworks display in Happy Valley every Saturday night at 8:30pm.
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