Christmas

Malaspina Choir will carry on a Christmas tradition with its Sing-Along Messiah performance Dec. 11. (Stock photo)

Malaspina Choir looking forward to Sing-Along Messiah

Concert is Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Andrew’s United Church

 

All ages of Brigadoon Dance Academy performers will take the stage at the Port Theatre for ‘The Brigadoon Express’ Christmas show Dec. 11. (Photo submitted)

Highland dancers ready to perform ‘Brigadoon Express’ Christmas show

All levels of dancers, from novices to world champion, will be part of show at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

 

Langley Trappers, seen here during the previous regular season at George Preston, won’t be asking fans to toss teddy bears this season. Instead, trappers and arena mates Langley Rivermen are asking fans to throw “warmth items” such as blankets, socks, gloves and toques for the homeless. (Langley Advance Times file)

Instead of a teddy bear toss, 2 B.C. hockey teams are asking fans to throw ‘warmth items’ for the homeless

Langley Trappers and Rivermen are asking for socks, gloves, toques and blankets

 

A BC Hydro survey shows more British Columbians are planning to go all out with their Christmas displays this year, but the majority of residents will stick with more minimalist decorations. (Black Press Media file photo)

More ‘mega’ Christmas displays expected this year despite cost concerns: BC Hydro

Lower Mainland residents three times more likely to be mega decorators

A BC Hydro survey shows more British Columbians are planning to go all out with their Christmas displays this year, but the majority of residents will stick with more minimalist decorations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Yvonne Borrows, race director for Santa Shuffle in Nanaimo, is getting ready for the charitable run-walk event Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning at the Running Room’s Country Club Centre store. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Amidst holiday bustle, runners invited to lace up sneakers for Santa Shuffle

Running Room hosting fundraiser for Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 10

Yvonne Borrows, race director for Santa Shuffle in Nanaimo, is getting ready for the charitable run-walk event Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning at the Running Room’s Country Club Centre store. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Tom Verbrugge and his son Mica have the bonfire stoked and the hotdogs ready to roast when Tom’s Trees Christmas tree farm opens on Nov. 26, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY TOM VERBRUGGE)

It’s beginning to look a lot more expensive for a Christmas tree this year

Variety of factors contributing, effect on Islanders will vary depending on where you shop

Tom Verbrugge and his son Mica have the bonfire stoked and the hotdogs ready to roast when Tom’s Trees Christmas tree farm opens on Nov. 26, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY TOM VERBRUGGE)
Turkeys are shown in a pen at Root Down Farm in Pescadero, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

Turkey shortage ahead of Christmas fuelled by avian flu: BC Poultry Association

‘It’s a terrible time of year for this to have to happen’

Turkeys are shown in a pen at Root Down Farm in Pescadero, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
Members of A Cappella Plus as they rehearse at Wellington Secondary School on Nov. 24 in preparation for the Community Carol Festival in early December. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Community Carol Festival celebrates quarter-century mark with seven Nanaimo choirs

173 singers will perform traditional and contemporary holiday songs at St. Andrew’s United Church

Members of A Cappella Plus as they rehearse at Wellington Secondary School on Nov. 24 in preparation for the Community Carol Festival in early December. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Barney Ellis-Perry, CEO Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation, left, Caleb McCaw and Adam Stowe, Wenner Group of Companies; Marcia Ekland, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital clinical services delivery director; Jennie Robson, NRGH interim site director; Suzie Vinden, C.I./N.I. operations director; Kelly McColm, ICU, HSU and respiratory therapy director; Sheena Mackay, MDRD Island regional coordinator and Jean Phan, clinical project manager, get ready to brighten up the holiday season with this year’s Light the Trees campaign. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Barney Ellis-Perry, CEO Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation, left, Caleb McCaw and Adam Stowe, Wenner Group of Companies; Marcia Ekland, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital clinical services delivery director; Jennie Robson, NRGH interim site director; Suzie Vinden, C.I./N.I. operations director; Kelly McColm, ICU, HSU and respiratory therapy director; Sheena Mackay, MDRD Island regional coordinator and Jean Phan, clinical project manager, get ready to brighten up the holiday season with this year’s Light the Trees campaign. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Dave Lawrence, president of the Victoria Crescent Association, promises Santa will show up for the Christmas on the Crescent holiday block party on Dec. 3. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Christmas on the Crescent block party invites shoppers and merry-makers

Community event happens along Victoria Crescent in downtown Nanaimo on Saturday, Dec. 3, 1-5 p.m.

Dave Lawrence, president of the Victoria Crescent Association, promises Santa will show up for the Christmas on the Crescent holiday block party on Dec. 3. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Geoff Cram, co-owner of the Old Town Bakery in Ladysmith, shows this year’s gingerbread creation in the front window of the bakery. (Duck Paterson photo)

Ladysmith bakery’s gingerbread creations attract attention

Geoff Cram of the Old Town Bakery creates gingerbread bakery to celebrate business’ 20th anniversary

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Geoff Cram, co-owner of the Old Town Bakery in Ladysmith, shows this year’s gingerbread creation in the front window of the bakery. (Duck Paterson photo)
Nanaimo Christmas Village returns to the German Cultural Centre in Nanaimo from Dec. 2-4. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

German Christmas experience can be enjoyed at cultural centre in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Christmas Village takes place at German Cultural Centre this weekend

Nanaimo Christmas Village returns to the German Cultural Centre in Nanaimo from Dec. 2-4. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)

A Tiny Christmas Carol challenges expectations at the Chemainus Theatre

Small cast covers large number of roles in adaptation of a familiar Dickens classic

A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Oak Bay resident Michael Hardiman reminds others to play it safe while hanging holiday lights after he fell, Saturday, Nov. 12 and returned home from the hospital the next Tuesday with a fractured vertebra. (Courtesy Michael Hardiman)

B.C. man with fractured spine warns of dangers in hanging holiday lights

‘Tis the season for decorations, ladders and the inevitable falls that go with them

Oak Bay resident Michael Hardiman reminds others to play it safe while hanging holiday lights after he fell, Saturday, Nov. 12 and returned home from the hospital the next Tuesday with a fractured vertebra. (Courtesy Michael Hardiman)
Santa Claus will be coming to town on Saturdays and Sundays for Winterfest and Gingerbread Village at the conference centre in downtown Nanaimo until Sunday, Dec. 18. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Santa comes to town, heralds start of Winterfest and Gingerbread Village in Nanaimo

Jolly Old St. Nick flies in to Nanaimo waterfront morning of Saturday, Nov. 26

Santa Claus will be coming to town on Saturdays and Sundays for Winterfest and Gingerbread Village at the conference centre in downtown Nanaimo until Sunday, Dec. 18. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Ladysmith’s Festival of Lights began with the Light Up parade Thursday, Nov. 24. (Sean McCue/News Bulletin)

Lights get switched on to start holiday season in Ladysmith

Festival of Lights begins with Light Up night

Ladysmith’s Festival of Lights began with the Light Up parade Thursday, Nov. 24. (Sean McCue/News Bulletin)
Winter festivities in downtown Nanaimo will officially start when Santa Claus’s Harbour Air flight touches down in Nanaimo Harbour on Saturday, Nov. 26. (News Bulletin file photo)

Santa catching float plane flight to Nanaimo Harbour

Santa Claus and elf entourage kick off holiday festivities in downtown Nanaimo

Winter festivities in downtown Nanaimo will officially start when Santa Claus’s Harbour Air flight touches down in Nanaimo Harbour on Saturday, Nov. 26. (News Bulletin file photo)
For the first time since 2019, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its annual journey through Canada and the U.S. to bring live music and raise holiday spirits across the regions. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Canadian Pacific/Neil Zeller **MANDATORY CREDIT**

CP Holiday Train returns to the rails for the first time in three years

Popular cross-country run will wrap up in Port Coquitlam on Dec. 18

For the first time since 2019, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its annual journey through Canada and the U.S. to bring live music and raise holiday spirits across the regions. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Canadian Pacific/Neil Zeller **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Alex Counsell, Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank director of operations, and other members of the crew are prepping to prepare Christmas hampers ahead of the holidays. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Food bank hopes for help filling Christmas hampers in Nanaimo

Loaves and Fishes and Salvation Army partnering again on hamper campaign

Alex Counsell, Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank director of operations, and other members of the crew are prepping to prepare Christmas hampers ahead of the holidays. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Nativity scene banned from B.C. town’s city hall after decades-long run

Volunteer group hoping to get Terrace to change its mind after annual tradition rejected

The Knights of Columbus annual nativity scene atop Terrace City Hall on Dec. 14, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)