Christmas coming early

Kickoff to Christmas launches Nov. 21 in downtown Sidney

Sidney’s downtown Business Improvement Area Society is gearing up to celebrate the start of the Christmas shopping season in a big way.

Sidney’s Kickoff to Christmas is a little more than a month away and organizers with the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (SBIAS) are promising a little bit of wonder to celebrate the season.

Nov. 21 will see the official launch of Christmas in Sidney, says Donna Petrie, executive director of the SBIAS. she and board member Erin Bremner have been planning a seasonal program of events, based around the height of the holiday shopping season. On that day, Petrie said they’re going to have a Christmas Grotto at the corner of Beacon Avenue and Fifth Street near Alexander’s Coffee. This will be a central place where families can visit Santa, get their gifts wrapped and more.

“It’s going to be a magical, festive and fun space to celebrate the season and help encourage more people to come to Sidney,” Petrie said.

The Grotto is just the tip of the iceberg. The SBIAS is encouraging local businesses to stay open with extended hours on Thursday nights. Many businesses, Petrie said, will stay open until 8 p.m. This will coincide with a variety of activities being planned — including horse and carriage rides between 5 and 8 p.m. in the downtown area. Other ideas for the Thursday night shopping extension include carollers, window decorations and more. Petrie added the Town is involved and may participate more closely, but noted it’s early days yet.

“I’ve never seen better cooperation between the Town and what is essentially a volunteer group,” added SBIAS board member Susan Simosko.

Alongside the Kickoff to Christmas, the SBIAS is putting out Sidney’s Christmas Wish Book. Akin to the famous holiday shopping catalog, Petrie said the SBIAS product will feature pages of event schedules, a calendar covering things to see and do across the Saanich Peninsula and more.

“It really will be the guide to Christmas,” Petrie said, noting the Wish Book will be distributed into Victoria as well.

The holiday season, she continued, is an important one, both for businesses and residents. The SBIAS wants to ensure a full experience to people while they visit downtown Sidney.

editor@peninsulanewsreview.com

 

Just Posted

Fire-ravaged North Saanich restaurant not likely to re-open until spring

Voicemail greeting from owner of Deep Cove Chalet thanks those who have reached out after Oct. 28 kitchen fire

Greater Victoria hotels named best in Canada

Beacon Inn at Sidney ranks third in 3-star category, Magnolia and Abigail’s also named

Extreme case of poop-throwing gives Victoria bike community a bad name

Car centric roads and infrastructure invite cyclist-motorist incidents, says cycling coalition

ICBC warns shoppers of the high-accident season at mall parking lots

Over 150,000 accidents happened during the holiday season last year

Woman thrown from mobility scooter in downtown Sidney collision

Pickup truck attempting a right turn struck woman in crosswalk

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Good Food Summit plants seeds for food security

The Good Food Summit runs Nov. 22 and 23

The latest advent calendar trend: Holiday cannabis

A Canadian company is giving people from coast to coast a new way to celebrate the Christmas countdown.

B.C. woman allegedly threatens to rip out intestines of American man

A Kamloops-area woman is accused of harassing and threatening to disembowel an American man

B.C. model looks a lot like expanded taxi industry, ride-hailing group says

Ridesharing Now for BC says it had hoped the bill would be more customer-driven like in other cities

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

731,000 Canadians going into debt to buy prescription drugs: UBC

Millennials and those without private coverage were more likely to borrow money

Vancouver Island men face ordered to pay thousands in fines following deer meat sting

The incidents happened years ago but sentencing was recently concluded.

The Vancouver Island elasmosaur needs your help

Famous Comox Valley fossil hunting for votes in chase to become BC symbol

Most Read