Sunday, November 28, 2010

Coldstream kicks off Christmas -- By Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star

Reminder, Christmas light-up tonight!

Published: November 25, 2010 6:00 PM

With winter well underway Coldstream is ready to light up the season with its annual Christmas event.

Coldstream Christian Church’s eighth annual Community Light Up gets underway from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church.

This year’s celebration, called Follow the Star, begins with Mary and Joseph’s trek to the stable, with Farmer Val’s live nativity.

There will be shoot outs and autographs with the Vernon Vipers, raffles and cookie decorating and crafts with Queen Silver Star royalty and candidates.

“You can warm yourself by the bon fire, listen to some special music presentations, enjoy a hot dog or maybe some popcorn, hot chocolate or cider, visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause and of course enjoy the lighting of tree,” said organizer Kelsie von Holst.

The event is free, but residents are asked to bring a donation (either cash or non-perishable item) for the Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank.

“The food bank will be receiving all the benefits of your generosity,” said David Hockley, church pastor.

Shelves at the local food bank are rather bare these days therefore the generosity of events like the light up help feed families and individuals in need now and several months into the new year.

“Our stocks are in desperate need of replenishing,” said David MacBain, Salvation Army community ministries director, asking supporters to check expiry dates on items.

The annual light up will also feature sounds of the season from students at Coldstream and Kidston elementary schools, as well as the church choir.

Local talent Karissa Waddell will also be adding her voice to the mix.

“She’s very talented,” said von Holst.

Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick encourages everyone in the community to come out and enjoy the festivities. He knows his kids will.

“They like it at the bonfire and the petting zoo is a hit with a lot of the kids,” said Garlick.

Although this is a Coldstream event, neighbouring residents are welcome to attend.

“We don’t check ID when you come,” laughed Hockley.

Th e church is located at 9904 Kalamalka Rd., across from the municipal office.


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