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Celebrating Christmas!

Fill the bag for the Food bank

Helping to stock the shelves of the Ladysmith Resource Centre Food Bank this year, Denise Tutte, Gerry Beltgens and the Van Isle Real Estate Team are sending a message in a bag! Denise and Gerry have purchased 2,000 reusable bags that over the next 15–20 weeks will be distributed around Ladysmith. They ask that you fill or partially fill your bag with non-perishable goods. Then you can either call a member of the Van Isle Real Estate team to pick up your bag, drop it off at their office at 516 1st Ave., or the Ladysmith Food Bank. The bags will be brought to the Food Bank and the bags will be distributed to needy families. For more information please call 250-924-4808.

Van Isle Real Estate Team showing bags.

Old Time Christmas

Get ready for the 6th Annual Old Time Christmas, a family-friendly event sponsored by the LDBA.

Merchants will be open late December 8 from 5–8pm. Events include a candle lantern workshop at the Antique Addict, visit with Santa at the 49th Parallel, fire pit with “smores” at the Ladysmith & District Credit Union parking lot, horse and carriage rides at the Library,  plus more. Always a favourite is Elf on a Shelf treasure hunt; visit retailers that display a sign “Find an Elf on a Shelf” find the elf and see what treasure is waiting for you! For more information, visit their Facebook page or their website.

Christmas Cheer Fund brings Santa to more homes

By Cathleen McMahon

Every year, the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association’s Christmas Cheer Fund delivers hundreds of hampers to families in need of a little helper to make their festive season shine. Donations of funds, food and toys are accepted from now until Dec. 14 to build the hampers that will be delivered to registered families just before Christmas.

All registrations and donations must be received by December 14. The LRCA volunteer elves will be busy sorting to be ready for hamper delivery on Dec. 23.

Coats for Folks is open now through January. Donations of new or good used clothing, hats, scarves, and other items are welcome in addition to coats. Please drop off at 710 First Avenue between 10am and 4pm Tuesday through Thursday.

The LRCA would like to thank everyone that has participated in the Adopt-A-Night campaign for the Extreme Weather Shelter. As the holiday season comes and goes, try turning your events into parties and dinners that have a purpose. Hosting a #dinnerpartywithapurpose is easy! Learn more at

The shelter will remain open in extreme weather until March 31.  Check our Facebook page for details..

Mark your calendar for the Coldest Night of the Year. This community walking event raises money to help hungry, homeless and hurting individuals and families across Canada. Visit the new  website for registration to walk on February 24, 2018.


Ladysmith and area are known for their Christmas Celebrations. Here we visit Festival Of Lights, Ladysmith Light Up, Cottonwood Christmas, Old Time Christmas, and rock out with the Celebration Of Light hosted by Skellig. Produced by Take5newstv, this video will get you into the holiday spirit and add some festive cheer. Ladysmith is a historic seaside town located in the heart of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. There’s lots to do for visitors looking for festivals in the summer or at Christmas.


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