OUT AND ABOUT: Christmas events galore through month of Dec.

Gazette publisher Christine Scott and sales consultant Shelley Westwood talk Christmas

Christmas has arrived on the West Shore. The lights on Goldstream Avenue are quite spectacular and coupled with the tree in the fountain, make for a very festive mood.

Tomorrow (Dec. 13) Millstream Village shopping centre is hosting the final Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. until noon. A number of other activities are going on at the centre, ranging from demos by Clark’s Taekwondo athletes to crafting at Michaels. Dec 15 is also the last opportunity to donate an unwrapped toy or make a cash donation to the Rotary Club Toy Drive help out a deserving boy or girl this Christmas. Visit millstreamvillage.com for more details.

Santa is front and centre at Westshore Town Centre, posing for photos with kids of all ages. Happening this Sunday (Dec. 14) is story time with Santa, with a suggested donation of $5. All monies raised go to the West Shore Boys and Girls Club. The mall is once again featuring its gift card promotion – purchase $150 worth of goods at the mall and show your receipts to receive a $10 gift card from participating merchants.

Moksha Yoga is hosting an official Grand Opening Solstice potluck 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. They’ll provide wine, mulled cider and dessert, but encourage visitors to bring something from their own kitchen made with love.

Now settled into their new location on Wilfert Road in Colwood, Bikram Yoga Westshore is offering a workshop on Sunday to help you learn to stretch with your partner called Acroyoga.

Looking for gift ideas? Don’t forget your local retailers.

Avenue Boutique on Goldstream Avenue has socks for the boot wearers on your list and gold body tattoos for those festive events. Westside InstaPrint has personalized gifts for everyone on your list from calendars to customized placemats.

Step inside Simply Gifted at 104-755 Goldstream Ave., where unique gifts range from jewelry and home decor to children’s gifts and handbags.

Another great spot for those truly different gifts is the Coast Collective at 3221 Heatherbell Rd. With hundreds of local artisans represented, you are sure to find something for those hard to buy for people on your list.

Shopping local gives so much back to the community so consider that when making your purchases this year.

Is your business opening, moving or hosting a special community event? Call Christine at 250-478-9552 ext 228 (cscott@goldstreamgazette.com) or Shelley at ext 230 (swestwood@goldstreamgazette.com).