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Festival of Lights

The 26th Annual Ladysmith Festival of Lights was a huge success and was one of the best attended in recent years. “As I walked from one sound stage to the other I knew that this was one of the biggest crowds over 20,000,: says Duck Paterson. “It was one of the largest parades we have had. The floats just keep getting better each year.” The Ladysmith and District Credit Union sponsored the fireworks that wowed the crowd.

“The lights will remain on until January 19, 2014,” says Duck “so there is lots of time to enjoy them.”

Old Tyme Christmas

Sponsored by the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association is Ladysmith’s 2nd annual Old Tyme Christmas and Candlelight Walk, Dec. 6. “This year it’ll be even bigger and better” says Cathleen McMahon, one of the organizers. Old Tyme Christmas offers a night of carollers, chestnuts and a candlelit walk. If you collect six “Old Tyme Tickets” from local shops, you can get a free horse and carriage ride. Tickets are free at participating locations.

Join the staff at In The Beantime and at Antique Addict for candle lantern workshops from 4pm – 6pm and then head to the parking lot at the LDCU to join up with the candlelight walk. Call the Beantime 250-245-2305 or Antique Addict 250-668-6353 to book your spot… or just head down to make your candle lantern before the walk at 6 o’clock!

Head to the Santa House and bring your camera to get your photo taken with Ol’ Saint Nick at one end of town at the 49th Parallel Grocery Store or… head all the way up to Coast Realty for a professional family Christmas photo courtesy of Coast Realty and Edward McCrea Photography. The child craft centre and child minding by The Printingdun Beanery and the Oceanview Community Church. Everything starts at 5pm

Cirque de la Symphonie

World class aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, dancers and contortionists will perform breath-taking choreography and acrobatic feats above and on stage while the VI Symphony plays all-time Christmas favourites.The amazing globe-trotting Cirque de la Symphonie joins Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Symphony, conducted by Pierre Simard, for a Christmas Cirque Spectacular. Shows are Dec 6, 7:30 pm and Dec. 7, 3 pm and 7:30 pm at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo. Call 250-754-8550 for tickets.

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular

Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular

 YP Christmas Spectacular

The Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular is a celebration of Christmas as well as an extravaganza of music, dance, lights, decorations, laghter and tears all washed down with minced pies and butter tarts. The tradition of Christmas is already well established in Southern Vancouver Island with the Ladysmith Festival of Lights that brings 100’s of people to the area every year. We see the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular as a perfect addition to the region’s bustling festive season. Two weeks before the show opens the Cedar Community Hall transforms into a Christmas wonderland with 1000’s of lights and decorations. 21 performances marked on this years calendar. A cast of 14 professional singers, dancers and musicians will have completed an intensive 2 week rehearsal period and will be ready to perform for up to 6000 people. This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza includes a Queen tribute, a James Bond medley and a Sound of Music medley, Michael Buble songs, a nostalgia tribute as well as many more classical hits and Christmas favorites. There are six performances at the Cedar Community Hall, 2388 Cedar Rd. 3pm and 7pm Dec 6-7-8-13-14-15 for tickets call 250-754-8550.

 Seasonal favorite plays in Chemainus

It’s a Wonderful Life a holiday musical plays until Dec 31 at Chemainus Theatre. Everyone loves George Bailey, but as he finds himself in crisis, alone and desperate one Christmas Eve, he wonders if things wouldn’t be better if he hadn’t been born at all. It truly is a wonderful life, as faith, hope and family come together in this delightful story. Box office 1-800-565-7738

Waterfront Gallery

The Waterfront Gallery is a gift shop for the month of December.Famous Images Revised is the theme for January’s art show. Artists are challenged to take a famous image and revise it, modernize it, make it their own. Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, daVinci, Matisse, Rembrandt Opening night is January 4 at 7pm Waterfront Gallery, 610 Oyster Bay Drive,

 Breakfast with Santa

Chemainus Elementary Community School hosts Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser, Dec 7, 9am to 12pm. You’ll find waffles and sausages, eggs, yogurt, fruit and granola, three berries and whip cream and beverages plus a visit from the jolly old soul himself! Everyone welcome at 3172 Garner Street, Chemainus.


It’s a Merry Molly Christmas!

The Moonshine Mollys are at it again, this time with a new Christmas CD that features old Christmas classics such as Winter Wonderland and Silent Night all done in good ol’ Molly style. The girls will debut the album, recorded at Moko Productions in Errington, at a Christmas Concert and CD release party at St. Philip Church in Cedar on December 7 at 7pm. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Proceeds from the tickets sales will go directly into funding children’s programs at St. Philip Cedar. To hear the Moonshine Mollys in their new music video log onto their website at

 LMS Family and Friends

Join the Ladysmith Maritime Society at their new Harbour Heritage Centre, on Oyster Bay Road in the Expo Legacy building. They are hosting a Family and Friends event Dec 8 from 1 to 4pm by donation. The Harbour Heritage Centre will be available for touring as well as fun family activities. Make old fashioned Christmas tree ornaments and enjoy hot apple cider or hot chocolate and home style cookies.

 Yellow Point Singers presents songs of winter and holidays

This year the Yellow Point Singers will be performing two separate concerts at 2:30pm: Dec. 8 at Brechin United Church in Nanaimo and Dec. 15 at Oceanview Community Church in Ladysmith.

Musical director Doug Roszmann will share the podium with Ainslee Young and will be accompanied by Sharyn Andruski-Collins. The repertoire includes music to suit all tastes: some traditional, some in a jazzy style, a calypso and a song from Brazil, accompanied, as always, by some audience participation with the Christmas Carol Sing-Along.

The guest performer is Dr. Graham Brockley. Performances will be followed by an informal reception with light refreshments. Tickets are $10 each or $20 for a family, and are available from choir members and at the door.

 Allison Crowe’s Music Home

Folks in Allison Crowe’s hometown can join in “Tidings”, a celebration of music for the season and all-time, as she returns for several concerts including Dec 12 at Real Food in Old City Quarter, Nanaimo, a Community Sing-along to aid Haven Society. On Dec 14 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Nanaimo Allison will perform along with guests Chelsea Peckett, Daniel Knapp, Melissa Kahan,Taylor Johnstone, Raymond Salgado and Josh Holloway to aid Woodlands Secondary School band and basketball programs. Tickets are $25 and $20 students /seniors. For info


 Annual Christmas Light Cruise

On Dec. 14, the Mount Brenton Power & Sail Squadron invite you to celebrate the 30th Annual Christmas Light Cruise. The cruise begins at 6pm from Ladysmith Marina weather permitting, and follows in behind the lead boat Sun Mariner. The flotilla cruises past Transfer Beach then on to Boulder Point and meets up with the MV Kuper – “The Carol Ship” then turns back and returns to Ladysmith. Watch from Transfer Beach and enjoy the bonfire courtesy of Ladysmith Kinsmen.

LAFF’s Breakfast with Santa

Ladysmith & Area Family and Friends is holding Breakfast with Santa on Dec 14 at Aggie Hall. First seating from 8 to 10 am, and from 10:30 am to12:30pm. Tickets from Dec13 at $8, children under 2 are free but still require a ticket available at the Frank Jameson Community Centre or email laffexecutivedirector [at] shaw [dot] ca 250-210-08770

Celebration of Light

Over the past six years ‘Skellig’, a local Celtic rock band, has hosted the ‘Celebration of Light’ with help from The Rock Christian Fellowship, Starbucks, local volunteers, musicians and the Ladysmith Eagles. Every year the show sells out. This year will be the 5th Celebration of Light Event and organizers hope to beat last year’s $6,673.89 raised in addition to 200 lbs of food for the Food Bank. “Tickets are still just $7.50 this year for all the entertainment, a Starbucks drink with all the trimmings and treats on each table,” said Chris Burness, front man with Skellig. “We keep the price down as low as possible so no one is excluded from coming and those who can, donate more cash, bring a food donation or come prepared to write a cheque on the night.” There are only 160 tickets available at $7.50/ plus a donation of food . This family event returns to Ladysmith Eagles Hall, Dec. 20, doors opening at 6:30pm and the festivities start at 7pm until 10pm.

The program includes Murray Atkinson, Ryan McMahon, Dead Byrds, Elf Song, Skellig, Kendall Patrick and The Headless Bettys, Rev Up and the Deadbeat Deacons, a fantastic blues band from Victoria, as well as Ladysmith Celebration Brass playing carols at the door. Santa will be making an appearance this year and there is going to be a Table Christmas Tree Decorating Competition. Tickets are available from Ladysmith Health Care Centre Reception or X-ray Dept. Phone/ email to reserve tickets: 250-734-1766 lisa [dot] burness [at] hotmail [dot] com. Further information available on Facebook ‘Ladysmith Celebration of Light 2013 or

Santa Claus Parade

Ladysmith Fire Rescue will be doing their annual Santa Claus Parade Dec 22 with the following stops and times: Stop 1 – 4pm, Brown Drive Park, Stop 2 – 5pm, 4th Ave & French St., Stop 3 – 6pm, 4th Ave. & Methuen St. Stop 4 – 7pm, Diamond Hall, Stop 4 – 8pm, Wigwam Restaurant ( Downtown), Final Stop –9pm, Ecole Davis Road


Christmas Pantomime “The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe”

Dame Dallymore’s orphanage is in peril. She has been unable to pay the rent for 10 years, so the cruel Squire wants to make her and all the orphans homeless. Just when the situation seems dire, it gets worse, for a Giant treads on the orphanage and smashes it to smithereens! Mother Goose makes the shoe into a home for the orphans and all looks fine – but the Giant comes back for his shoe and accidentally carries off Princess Marigold, girlfriend to the Dame’s son Corydon.

Everything works out in the end, but not before all sorts of amusing adventures have beset the loveable and hilarious characters who sing and dance their way through this lively pantomime. Presented by Ladysmith Little Theatre, 4985 Christie Road. Dec. 20-31, Tickets $15. New Year’s Celebration: 8:30 pm Tuesday Dec 31. Show followed by appies and dessert $40/person.

Masquerade Ball

This New Year’s dust off that tux! Pile that hair mile high! Gowns? The pouffier the better and don’t forget your mask!

What started out as friends trying to decide how they’d like to spend their New Year’s Eve a couple of years ago has turned into the second annual bash thrown by the Wanderlust Queens consisting of: Amber Foster, Courtney Henn, Renee Hutchinson and Tamara Przada.

Last year’s event themed ‘was an incredible success with over 250 attendees. This year’s Masquerade Ball promises to be a great event with the proceeds going to the Ladysmith Food Bank. There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, great tunes, free cab rides, a photo booth, beverages.

Tickets are $25 each purchased in advance only at the 49th Parallel and the Vintage Rose Boutique or by calling 778-269-3227. Doors open at 8pm at the Aggie Hall. Donations of non-perishable itemsgo to the Ladysmith Food Bank.

Ladysmith 25th Annual Polar Bear Swim

The Town of Ladysmith rings in the New Year at the fastest special event of the year! This is a great way to start the new year, a plunge in the warmest waters north of San Francisco -Ladysmith Harbour! Registration begins at 11am and the Polar Bear Swim begins at 12 noon. See you at Transfer Beach!

Christmas Tree Chipping

The Ladysmith Fire/Rescue Historical Society hosts their 6th Annual Christmas Tree Chipping January 4 and 5, 2014. at the Ladysmith Fire Hall on 6th Avenue. For tree pickup call 250-245-6436 and leave a message. They also will be checking children’s car seat installations January 5, 2014.



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Marina is Editor of TAKE 5 Magazine.