For 2013: the light up will be the last Sunday in November (Nov 24). Further details will be posted as they are available.
The 2012 edition of Oak Bay Christmas Festival’s opening celebration offers a greater variety of music and activities than ever before.
Family fun begins at 2 pm with SportBall’s bouncy castle, street hockey games for ages two to 10 years old and Let’s Play Wheelchairs where children have the opportunity to discover how incredible sports can be from the perspective of a wheelchair athlete.
There will also be face painting, giant board games and a roving magician presenting Christmas-themed magic. Trucks from the Truck Light Convoy will also be at the event including the 80 foot long Galey Farm entry and an illuminated Canada Post van. Canada Post employees will be collecting letters for delivery directly to Santa Claus. Oak Bay Flower Shop is hosting a Christmas craft booth. Kids will be guided through the process of creating a mini door swag, which they can take home with them.
Musical entertainment begins at 3PM with the BC Fiddle Orchestra and the Joy of Life Choir. This year the choir will be joined Juno award winning singer-songwriter Mae Moore. Also joining as special guests are Aaron Scoones, member of The Timebenders, on bass and vocals and local jazz impresario Kelby MacNayr on percussion.
At precisely 5PM the thousands of lights that have been hung on the buildings, lampposts, and trees will light up. Santa Claus will arrive on an Oak Bay Fire Truck to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and then travel next door to Athlone Travel for photos and to hear Christmas wishes.
Following the lights coming on VIBESTREET Dance will present a winter-themed hip hop dance performance.
Light Up wraps up with the high energy Daniel Lapp Trio. The Daniel Lapp Trio, recently returning from the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton, features Daniel Lapp on trumpet and fiddle, Adrian Dolan on keyboard and Adam Dobres on guitar.
A variety of food will be available including the perennial favourite roasted chestnuts.
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