Midnight madness changes to Saturday

Historically Vanderhoof's Midnight Madness shopping event would take place on the first Friday in December, not anymore.

Winter festivities will be a little different this year in Vanderhoof.

Midnight Madness and the Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 but will run as usual. The parade will be at 7:00 p.m and participating stores will have sales throughout the day and night. The vision is to create a whole weekend of events, said Kimberli Unger, board member of the Chamber of Commerce.

“We wanted to make the weekend not just a mad crazy shopping event with a big parade,” said Ms. Unger. “A component will be the Midnight Madness shopping and Parade of Lights, but we want to expand it to be a whole winter wonderland festival.”

By having the parade and shopping night on the Saturday, it will leave the rest of the weekend open for other community events. Families with parents working shift work will be able to come watch the parade and people from surrounding areas might be more inclined to stay in Vanderhoof, said Ms. Unger.

“This way instead of people taking off to Prince George on Saturday, we can have people stay in our community all weekend,” she said.

The DOV has agreed to shut down Burrard Street on the Saturday from the Grand Reo Theatre to the Department Store. This section will be open to vendors and because there will be no traffic, it will be a nicer atmosphere, said Ms. Unger.

“We can have elves giving out candy canes and hot chocolate with the scent of cinnamon. Vendors of all kind are welcome to set up but are reminded space is limited this year,” said Ms. Unger.

So far, volunteers have come forward to run a snowman building contest and Christmas tree decorating contest.

CIBC has also sponsored a window decorating contest for all the downtown store fronts encouraging lights and sparkles.

Vendors or anyone with ideas to add to the schedule of events can contact Kimberli Unger at tekadivas@hotmail.com.

“It’s a great way to raise funds for charity or just be part of the community. I don’t have a magic wand but this will definitely grow with volunteers,” said Ms. Unger.

A poster will soon be available on the Chamber of Commerce website and residents are encouraged to watch for the Winter Wonderland Christmas Festival Facebook page.

 

 

Just Posted

Body found in Vanderhoof motel

Police currently investigating suspicious death

Bylaw barking up the wrong tree

Critics point out inconsistencies, other problems

Fatal collision claims life of community leader

On Friday, May 18, a collision, just eight kilometres east of Vanderhoof,… Continue reading

Ceremony an important step toward healing

Residential School survivors honoured

Presentations at council meeting suggest flooding is unlikely

Council and Rio Tinto cautiously optimistic

Black Press Media to launch Pipeline Full of Controversy series

Series covers Trans Mountain’s history, science, Indigenous reaction, politics and economics

B.C. RCMP swoop in to save injured eagle

An eagle with a broken wing now in a recovery facility after RCMP rescue near Bella Coola

Bug spray 101: Health Canada wants you to stay bite free

Health Canada is reminding Canadians to use bug spray and other insect repellents safely

Unions reject CP Rail contract offers

Both meeting Friday to determine next steps; 72 hours notice required before strike action.

B.C. jewellers warn public about fake gold scam

‘They are playing on people’s sympathy and their greed’

Former B.C. premier says pot industry about to enter Wild West

Mike Harcourt says Canada is about to enter a new gold rush with many dreaming of striking it rich

Hunt continues for two suspects in Ontario restaurant explosion

The explosion left 15 people injured, but all victims have now been released from hospital

B.C. teacher charged with sexual offences involving two teens

Henry Kang, 50, of Abbotsford charged with two counts each sex assault and sexual exploitation

Toronto Raptors star to hold basketball camp in B.C.

DeMar DeRozan is hosting a four-day camp for players aged 6-16 at the University of Victoria

Most Read