Saanichton Community Christmas Dec. 6

Tenth annual event in the Village of Saanichton brings family together to start the season.

The Grinch

SAANICHTON — The idea of coming together with friends and family during the holiday season to share a fresh cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate creates a warm feeling inside everyone.

The Village of Saanichton takes the gathering experience one step further, bringing the entire community together with their annual Community Christmas event. This year the event is Sat. Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Saanichton Village slows down a little on that day so children can enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa at St. Mary’s Church starting at 9 a.m. (courtesy of the Central Saanich Lions), have a photo with Santa himself (by donation to the food bank), walk the Tree Trail with the family, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, decorate a gingerbread man at the Saanich Pioneer Museum and listen to some live local music. But most of all visitors can become more familiar with the community.

This will be the 10th annual event, with all proceeds going to the Sidney Lions Food Bank, a worthy cause all year ‘round.

There are more than 12 trees on the Christmas Tree Trail, starting at 9:30 a.m. and it is a wonderful tradition, with most of the businesses in the local area putting up a splendid tree for the big and small kids to enjoy. Families are given a map to follow, with the kids collecting stamps at each location and sometimes a little cup of hot chocolate or treat.

The event is hosted by the Saanichton Village Association and the local businesses community. For the third year, there will be a Christmas Winter Market in the parking lot behind Fresh Cup Roastery Café. Local crafters and artisans, bakers and food producers will have seasonal items on offer. Christmas Headquarters is located at 1931 Mt. Newton X Rd.

For many, this event has become a cornerstone of their seasonal Christmas tradition, and there will be guest appearances by elves, Rudolph and Santa.

Be sure to bring your family to this free Christmas event and drop-off your donation to the Sidney Lions Food Bank, get a free coffee, Christmas cookie, Tree Trail Map and spend some quality family time.

— Submitted by Jim Townley/Saanichton Village Association

Just Posted

Meet the Greater Victoria athletes in Red Deer for the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Players express gratitude and excitement about representing Team BC

Mount Doug thaw reveals abandoned Subaru, dog poo

Gate left unlocked in snow storm invites daredevil drivers

Unhealthy disagreement sees three First Nations chiefs take government to court

Claim and counter-claim: B.C.’s First Nations health department and administrator end up in court.

Victoria to lose $6 million in funding for new Crystal Pool

No extension for March 31 gas tax grant deadline

Victoria hotel trashes Channing Tatum in favour of B.C.’s Ryan Reynolds

Tatum’s picture left in recycling bin, replaced with photo of Ryan Reynolds

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash

Bomb threats, gunfire, kidnapping: Drug war rocks Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP battles a series of violent events

Island fossil makes it to the top of the provincial list

Courtenay’s elasmosaur will be added to the official Provincial Symbols of British Columbia

Most Read