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12th Annual Christmas Craft Fair – 35 Tables!

Ladysmith Festival of Lights presents the 12th Annual Christmas Craft Fair

The streets around Aggie Hall will be closed to traffic from 2:30 p.m. until well after the fireworks.

All tables have been sold. Let us know if you would like to be put on a wait list. Email or call 250-802-4694.

This year’s Festival of Lights Craft and Artisan Fair will be held at Aggie Hall, 1110 First Avenue, Ladysmith, on the day of our “Light Up”,  November 29th, 2018.

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

We now have over 35 tables of handmade arts and crafts, some food items, knitted and crocheted items, and much more!

The table set up will be similar to that of the 2017 Craft Fair. If you have specific requests as to the table(s) you want, please indicate this on your form. We will attempt to honour your request, but cannot promise to do so. We reserve the right to deny a table to any vendor who we deem to not fit the guidelines and spirit of our craft fair.

Please note that if you send a post-dated cheque, the application will not be processed until your cheque has been cashed. Please send your completed forms (with cheque) to:

Ladysmith Festival of Lights Craft and Artisan Fair
PO Box 98
Ladysmith, B.C. V9G 1A1

We are attempting to have some parking reserved for crafters, particularly for those who need handicap parking.

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.

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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