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.

Light It Up Book – The First 30 Years

The Festival of Lights has produced a new book, marking the 30th Anniversary.  It’s called, “Light It Up – The first 30 years of the Festival of Lights”. Cost is $25.

FOL 30th Anniversary book

Right now, it’s available from Uforik Computers and the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce. We are working on Pharmasave.

Only 200 books have been produced and it contains pieces of history as well as stories and pictures from the first 30 years of Light Up. All in all, it’s 98 pages of Ladysmith history.

Duck Paterson, Festival President said:

“The Festival folks are selling the books for $25.00. Included in this limited edition is a CD containing two songs written, produced and sung by local singers and musicians: “Rents Gone Up” which features Ted Puska, Ed Mulrooney and Jeff Puska.  On the CD is the new song written by the group and it’s titled “Light It Up” and we’re sure that this song will be a real hit with all locals as well as visitors.  The CD is included with the Light It Up book and both for $25.00.  This project is a fundraiser for the Festival of Lights so we can continue.”

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.


  • 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

Road Closures

Ladysmith’s famous Light Up can be the beginning of a lot of people’s Christmas season, but getting there can be a bit tougher than normal.

“To make things work efficiently as well as trying to accommodate almost four times the town’s usual population the Light Up folks, along with the Town, need to make alterations to traffic patterns” said Festival spokesperson Duck Paterson.

First Avenue (the downtown area) will be closed to vehicle traffic from Roberts Street north to Symonds Street starting at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 24th. Roberts Street will remain open, so that folks can come in and out of Town until just before the parade (approximately 6:15 p.m.) and will re-open to east-west traffic right after the parade.

Second Avenue from Buller Street to Strathcona Road will also be closed from 3;00 p.m. until (approx.) 10:00 p.m. for emergency vehicle access.

The second phase of the closure of First Avenue will be starting at 5:00 p.m.  This closure will go from Roberts to Belair Street and last until (approx.) 10:00 p.m.  Bayview Avenue is also included in this closure as it allows for the Kinsmen parade to marshall all the floats safely.  As well, First Avenue from Symonds Street (roundabout) to the Island Highway will also be closed at 5:00 p.m. and that applies to traffic both entering Ladysmith as well as leaving.

Paterson went on to say,

“That the big change this year is the closure of the left turn lane on Grouhel Road.  The Department of Highways has said that they will not allow any traffic to turn left (head north) onto the Island Highway from Grouhel Road from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.  This is being done as a safety precaution because of the anticipated heavier traffic heading north.”

He said,

“That for those folks wanting to head north, from Grouhel Road, folks are to turn right  onto the highway and go south to Ludlow and then left. Then just go a block and turn left onto Rocky Creek Road. Just keep on there and that will take folks all the way to the highway and then just merge and away you go.”

Paterson also said,

“Along with the street closures the parking lot behind the Masonic Lodge will also be closed to the public from 6:00 a.m. on the 24th to 11:00 p.m.  This closure is necessary to allow for parking of equipment as well as the volunteer headquarters.”

For those visitors wanting to see Light Up, coming from north of Ladysmith, there is ample parking at both the Pentacostal Church as well as the Catholic Church.  Festival has free shuttle buses to each spot and they will take folks right downtown and return them once the event is over.  The churches can be accessed by turning right onto Grouhel Road (just north of Ladysmith) from the highway and follow the signs up the hill.

The same goes for folks coming from the south of Ladysmith. There is lots of parking at Transfer Beach Park as well there is free shuttle service to downtown as well both before and after Light Up. Drivers just need to turn right off the highway at the lights at Roberts Street and proceed to the parking lots at Transfer Beach.

The Festival of Lights appreciates everybody’s patience and consideration and we hope the entire community comes out to enjoy the great family event.

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