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CHRISTMAS ROUNDUP: Gear up for lighted truck parade with warm up

Ten-year-old Madison Hall picks her favorite bear at the 13th annual Bear Wear at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Forty bears are on display, dressed in their finest, to raise money for the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (formerly the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children). Visitors to the event are encouraged to vote as many times as they like for their favorite bear for a suggested donation of $2 a vote and to enter a raffle to bring that bear home. Bears can be viewed in the hotel lobby, 463 Belleville St., until Jan. 2.  - Sharon Tiffin/News staff
Ten-year-old Madison Hall picks her favorite bear at the 13th annual Bear Wear at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Forty bears are on display, dressed in their finest, to raise money for the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (formerly the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children). Visitors to the event are encouraged to vote as many times as they like for their favorite bear for a suggested donation of $2 a vote and to enter a raffle to bring that bear home. Bears can be viewed in the hotel lobby, 463 Belleville St., until Jan. 2.
— image credit: Sharon Tiffin/News staff

Truck drivers and their equipment will be all aglow by 6 p.m. Saturday

As an added attraction to the annual Island Equipment Operators Association lighted truck parade and food drive, the inaugural Warm Up at Ogden Point aims to help people get into the Christmas spirit. The activities run from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 7) and include everything from holiday carols led by the Canadian College for Performing Arts choir, a water arrival by Santa at 3:30 p.m. and a ship light-up. Hot chocolate will be available by donation and food can be purchased from local mobile kitchens.

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food for donation to the Mustard Seed. A Victoria Harbour Ferry will be stuffed with items, and Victoria Pedicab drivers will ride ahead of the parade collecting donations along the route.

The trucks roll out from Ogden Point around 5:45 p.m. and head east along Dallas Road toward Oak Bay. They’ll come down Yates Street and hit Douglas Street between 6:45 and 7 p.m. then head north out of town along Douglas.

Visit ieoa.ca for more information.

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Ready to sing the praises of Christmas?

Carol-along with the Carillon outside Royal B.C. Museum on Sunday (Dec. 8).

The Provincial Carillonneur climbs 75 spiral steps to ring out 22 seasonal favourites and everyone sings along.  Hot chocolate, cookies and songsheets are provided.  Members of the Newcombe Singers lead the carolling.  When the singing ends, the carillon is lit up for the festive season.

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Victoria Soul Gospel Choir led by Checo Tohomaso presents its In the Spirit concert Dec. 13 at First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd.

The choir presents classic seasonal songs with an R&B groove.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the door and at Christian Book and Music.

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Circle Dec. 14 and 15 on your calendar for the Moss Street Holiday Market, held at Sir James Douglas School and Fairfield Community Centre, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eighty vendors will sell everything from bath products to baked goods.

For more info, go online to MossStreetMarket.com

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Helmcken House comes alive with the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas in Victoria, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 5, noon to 4 p.m.

Discover the Christmas traditions of early Victorians  - Christmas crackers, cards and carols.

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas long ago at Christmas in Old Town at the Royal B.C. Museum, continuing to Jan. 7.

The wood-cobbled streets are laced with festive garlands and old-time shops will display their seasonal finery.

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The annual Christmas Spirit Community dinner will be held Dec. 25 at Glad Tidings Penetecotal Church, 1800 Quadra St.

Advance registration is required. Please call 250-472-1040.

 

 

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