The crowd gathers in Veterans Memorial Park for the City of Langford’s annual Light Up Celebration. (James MacKenzie/Black Press)

Langford light up celebration was the biggest one yet

The city spends about $25,000 annually on Christmas lights

Every December, the City of Langford lights up — quite literally — in preparation for the holiday season.

Trees are lit and Veteran’s Memorial Park is adorned with a bright, colourful display of Christmas lights for residents to enjoy.

According to George Henshall, deputy director of engineering and public works with the City of Langford, this year’s light up celebration was the biggest one yet.

“It was packed … I’ve never seen so many people, it was in the thousands,” Henshall said.

Each year, the city allocates $25,000 towards the Christmas lights. Henshall said they recycle lights that are burnt out and order replacements in July just so they get here in time to be installed.

Installation of the lights takes about six weeks with four workers working day shifts and night shifts to adorn trees, shrubs and the city with hanging lights.

They typically start installing them around early October so that they are ready to go for the light up celebration which, this year, took place on Dec. 1.

“I think [the workers] really appreciate the lights when they’re done,” Henshall said. “For the most part the guys get a lot of comments like ‘good job’ so it makes them feel pretty good.”

The lights will start to come down in January with coloured ones being the first to go. The white lights will stick around until the end of February.

Henshall said as the city expands, the lights will too with places like Belmont Market being added to the list of places that will receive the festive decorations next year.

READ MORE: Christmas lights are going up in Langford

READ MORE: Langford gears up for light up celebration this Saturday

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

PHOTOS: West Shore students rally for 10,000 Tonight food drive

Students, community members gather, sort food donations

Brotherston sentenced to three years in prison for Sooke home invasion

Home invasion took place on Feb. 9 and left one man with face and head injuries

SD 62 re-elects Ravi Parmar to lead the board for second term

Former Langford fire chief Bob Beckett, in his first term, gets the nod as vice-chair

‘Homespun’ brings six Greater Victoria artists together for genre-bending music

Highlands Music Coffee House returns Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Cannabis cultivation: Former North Saanich chicken farm goes into pot

North Saanich would join a small, growing number of communities with marijuana growing

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Dec. 10

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

One man dead after car crash in Nanaimo

One person died, another was injured in the accident which happened Wednesday on Nanaimo Lakes Road

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

Most Read