Saanichton decorated with Christmas trees

The staff at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union are willing to get a little silly when it comes to celebrating with clients.

“We take our jobs seriously, ourselves not so much,” said Ken Logan, branch manager. “Community involvement is important because we work and live in the community.”

They’ve been decked out in Christmas finery while trimming their annual offering for the Christmas Tree Trail at Saanichton Village Christmas on Saturday.

Now in its seventh year, the credit union has been on board since the start, though the staff lament their tree has yet to be voted favourite.

“It was a great idea,” said financial services representative Kelly Thexton, who has been involved from day one. “It was just a great way to be part of the community.”

On the tree trail, families wander around the village collecting stamps from all the local businesses that have transformed their shops into a winter wonderland.

The day begins with a pancake breakfast cooked up by the Central Saanich Lions at St. Mary’s Anglican Church at 1973 Cultra Ave. from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

“It’s a nice warm environment,” said organizer Jim Townley.

Maps for the Christmas Tree Trail will be available at the church during breakfast and at Christmas headquarters, Fresh Cup Cafe, near the corner of Mount Newton X Road and Wallace Drive.

The popular horse and carriage rides continue. Digital photos with Santa will run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fine Spirits will play live music starting around noon.

“Chillin’ in the village” is all about the Sidney Lions Food Bank, Townley said. “We raised $3,800 last year. Our goal is $4,500 this year.”

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