Oddfellows clock rings in Christmas season downtown Nanaimo

Since its installation in May of this year, the Oddfellows clock has become a waterfront landmark for both citizens and visitors of Nanaimo.

Every new hour of the day from  8 a.m. until 10 p.m., this 1800s-style clock plays a chime that bellows through the downtown reminding all who hear it that another hour has begun.

Since Nov. 29, the Oddfellows clock has been ringing in the holiday season by trading in its usual chimes for some traditional holidays tunes.

Songs will range from more mellow tunes like Away in a Manager and Silent Night to more playful melodies like Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

“This is the first Christmas season that the clock has been in operation, and we are excited to be able to have the Oddfellows clock play holiday music that will add to the already festive ambience found in Nanaimo’s downtown,” said Ian Blackwood, manager of construction with the City of Nanaimo.

The Oddfellows Clock is found at McGregor Park across from The Port Theatre. The holiday music will chime until the end of December.

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