Santa Claus will be paying a few visits to Nanaimo before Christmas Eve. His first visit of 2019 will be Saturday, Nov. 23 as part of the Santa Fly-in. (News Bulletin file)

Santa Claus will fly in and set up workshop downtown

Seventeen gingerbread home entries in B. Gallant Homes holiday event at conference centre

Santa Claus will herald the start of the holiday season by paying a visit to Nanaimo this Saturday, Nov. 23.

B. Gallant Homes’ B. Gingerbread Homes Christmas time fundraiser, benefiting Nanaimo Salvation Army, sees organizations building gingerbread houses that are displayed at Vancouver Island Conference Centre. There will be 17 entries this year.

The event officially kicks off Saturday with Jolly Old St. Nick flying in to the Harbour City via Harbour Air, at 11:45 a.m., followed by a procession up to the conference centre to Santa’s Workshop. Santa will be available for photos, by donation, this and every Saturday until Dec. 14 from 12-4 p.m., and attendees can view gingerbread houses and vote on their favourite as well.

SEE ALSO: Images and video from 2018 Santa Fly-in

Entry into the event is by donation, although a suggested donation of $10 per child and $20 per family would be appreciated, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army in Nanaimo.

The Nanaimo Lions Club Santa Claus Parade goes Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.

A sneak peek event goes tonight, Nov. 21, from 5-7 p.m. courtesy the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce at the conference centre.

For more information, go to, or search for B. Gingerbread Homes on Facebook.

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