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11th Annual Christmas Craft Fair – Nov 30 – 6 tables left!

Ladysmith Festival of Lights presents the 11th Annual Christmas Craft Fair

All perimeter tables have been sold – only 6 inner tables left!

You are invited to submit an application for this year’s Festival of Lights Craft and Artisan Fair to be held at Aggie Hall, 1110 First Avenue, Ladysmith, on the day of our “Light Up”,  November 30th, 2017

  • Setup: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Event: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Ladysmith Light Up 2017 – Thurs, Nov 30

Are you excited, it’s back! On Thursday, November 30th, it’s the 30th Ladysmith Light Up, kicking off the 6-week Festival of Lights.

First Avenue will be CLOSED TO TRAFFIC from 3:00 pm until after Light Up. There will be shuttle buses from Transfer Beach
and the churches at the north end of 4th Avenue.

WE ALSO ASK THAT PEOPLE PLEASE DO NOT BRING PETS DOWNTOWN FOR LIGHT UP (Ladysmith by-law 1554 Sect, 14(a).

  • 3:00 pm: Community Spaghetti Dinner @ Eagles Hall (adults are $8; children under 8 are $5)
  • 3:00 pm: Christmas Craft Fair at Aggie Hall (north First Ave.)
  • 4:00 pm: Street entertainment and food concessions
  • 4:00 pm to 6:15 pm: Entertainment on stage in downtown Ladysmith and in front of Aggie Hall
  • 6:30 pm: Santa arrives downtown to Light-Up Ladysmith!
  • 6:45 pm: Kinsmen Parade along First Avenue to Aggie Hall

After the Parade, at Aggie Hall…

  • Bob Stuart Park and Aggie Hall light up
  • Chuck Perrin Christmas Tree presented by the Nanaimo Airport Commission
  • Spectacular fireworks presented by the Ladysmith & District Credit Union

Take Down – Thanks!

Their investment of time pays off huge for the community each holiday season, attracting thousands to the seaside town to spend money that keeps businesses going. The growth of volunteerism there, is bucking the trend seen in other parts of Canada.

Since moving to Ladysmith seven years ago Robin Francis has become wrapped up in the town’s signature event.

Robin Francis

“I love it. I love it,” says the Ladysmith man. “It just goes you a really good feeling here (patting his chest) being a part of it and it’s such a wonderful town.

This take down day marks the end of the Ladysmith Festival of Lights that brought an estimated 15,000 tourists to the town this past holiday season,

“It’s amazing. It’s magical,” says Ladysmith resident Maggie Mycroft. “There’s every different kind of lights you could possibly imagine.”

“And anybody living here sees what this is doing for the town of Ladysmith,” says Francis.

The economic generator is entirely volunteer run.

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Light Up Ladysmith – Thanks!

This past Sunday saw the town’s 29th Festival of Lights set-up work party.  With the weather people calling for a very miserable day… it started off amazingly sunny and just continued to get better.

Almost before the 9a.m. sign up time for volunteers to show up there were people lined up to help.  The folks manning the registration were not actually prepared for such a large group let alone so early.

The Ladysmith Ambassador candidates, as well as the three Ambassadors, showed up en masse and tool on the job of decorating the trees along side Aggie hall and then moved on to help with the trees at Bob Stuart Park.

GNB BuildersThis year the folks at GNB Builders had their entire staff, and families, come out to help, which FOL organizers said was a first that an “organized group” took on doing some blocks.  Having a co-ordinated group, that is familiar with each other was neat and they worked very well and quickly said the Greg Edwards, festival president.

Along with the volunteers, on the streets, doing lights in the trees volunteers from BC Hydro line crews came out to help and brought three bucket trucks with them.  Edwards said,

“The support from these volunteers from Hydro, and Hydro donating the use of the trucks has really made a huge difference on what we can do on setup day.  We used to have to climb ladders with all the decorations, but now with these guys … they just lift the decorations and place them on the roofs.” Edwards went on to say, “What used to take us up to three weeks now gets done in a day!”

VI TreeV.I. Tree Services from Nanaimo, also sent down two of their bucket trucks and crews to help the Town’s citizens prepare for the annual Light Up.  Duck Paterson, FOL member, said,

“With these guys helping it gave us an opportunity to get the decorations done quicker it also gave the Fire/Rescue volunteers a big help”.

Members of the Ladysmith Fire Rescue Department have been coming out for years and doing all the re-bulbing on the buildings downtown.  Paterson said,

“With the lights being up as long as they have, we’re finding that more and more are burning out and it’s getting to be quite a chore.  So we’re very grateful for the support of the Fire Department for all that they do and we’re really really appreciative of V.I. Tree Service for working with them.”

LDCUThe Festival of Lights will be celebrating their 29th anniversary on Thursday, November 24th with the parade, spaghetti dinner, lots of concessions and wrapping up with an amazing fireworks show sponsored by the Ladysmith and District Credit Union.