Christmas

While BC Transit will be running buses on Dec. 25, other businesses and services will be closed for the holiday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
While BC Transit will be running buses on Dec. 25, other businesses and services will be closed for the holiday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney presents Speaker of the House Anthony Rota with a bottle of Shelter Point Distillery’s single malt whiskey. Photo supplied by Rachel Blaney

Vancouver Island whiskey gunning to become part of ‘Speaker’s Selection’

Shelter Point single malt gifted to Speaker of the House, could be in running for prestigious list

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney presents Speaker of the House Anthony Rota with a bottle of Shelter Point Distillery’s single malt whiskey. Photo supplied by Rachel Blaney
FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Red snow? Song becomes a most unexpected modern standard for the holidays

Songwriter surprised at how ‘White Winter Hymnal’ has turned into a Christmas staple

FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
Travel at Christmastime is one of the lifestyle elements most likely to be out of the budget for 2021, according to research done by insurance evaluation firm HelloSafe. (Flickr/Chillihead)

Canadian Christmas spending could shrink 4 to 12%; travel, leisure activities most affected: survey

Level of COVID-19 resurgence will determine how much spending is impacted, says HelloSafe

Travel at Christmastime is one of the lifestyle elements most likely to be out of the budget for 2021, according to research done by insurance evaluation firm HelloSafe. (Flickr/Chillihead)
(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ Can Can dancers trot out Christmas flash mobs

City residents with amazing Christmas displays were treated to the surprise dances

(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)

QUIZ: How much do you know about toys and games?

From long-lasting traditions to fads, there’s a lot of history to play and recreation.

Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)
Events at the Greater Victoria Downtown Business Association’s Lights of Wonder demonstration will take place nightly (barring Dec. 25) from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Downtown Business Association)

Lights of Wonder opens in Centennial Square

Downtown Victoria Business Association’s light show returns after a 2020 hiatus

Events at the Greater Victoria Downtown Business Association’s Lights of Wonder demonstration will take place nightly (barring Dec. 25) from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Downtown Business Association)
Santa Claus will drop by Sidney for a visit on Sunday (Dec. 19) after being invited by the Peninsula Celebrations Society. Santa will be at at the bandshell in Sidney’s Beacon Park from noon to 3 p.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Santa coming to Sidney on Dec. 19

Peninsula Celebration Society prepares to hold its first event in two years

Santa Claus will drop by Sidney for a visit on Sunday (Dec. 19) after being invited by the Peninsula Celebrations Society. Santa will be at at the bandshell in Sidney’s Beacon Park from noon to 3 p.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
RCMP police dog handlers Cpl. Dean Muir, left, and Const. Matthew Tomasson show off a blanket crocheted for police service dog Herc. (Photo submitted)

Vancouver Island woman crochets police dogs blankets for Christmas

Woman who loves to crochet creates blankets for all four of Nanaimo RCMP’s police service dogs

RCMP police dog handlers Cpl. Dean Muir, left, and Const. Matthew Tomasson show off a blanket crocheted for police service dog Herc. (Photo submitted)
One Oak Bay family’s tree of gratitude, much like an advent calendar of goodwill, shares a new positive message or action each day. (Michael Cunliffe/Twitter)

Popular Oak Bay gratitude tree spreads goodwill, community engagement

‘We still need the positivity in the world and always do’: Michael Cunliffe

One Oak Bay family’s tree of gratitude, much like an advent calendar of goodwill, shares a new positive message or action each day. (Michael Cunliffe/Twitter)
People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Bah! Humbug! Italian bishop apologizes for telling kids Santa doesn’t exist

A Roman Catholic diocese in Sicily publicly apologized to outraged parents after…

People dressed in Santa Claus costumes take part in Christmas run in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)

Malahat Skywalk gearing up for Christmas

Number of events planned over festive season

  • Dec 11, 2021
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)
Capital Bike is hosting its traditional festive bike ride – cyclists will decorate their bikes and head out on a 10-kilometre loop around downtown Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Corey Burger)
Capital Bike is hosting its traditional festive bike ride – cyclists will decorate their bikes and head out on a 10-kilometre loop around downtown Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Corey Burger)
Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)

Santa Go Round returns to the West Shore this month

Santa joins View Royal firefighters Saturday (Dec. 11) spreading cheer, collecting food donations

Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)
Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

60 years of good wishes: Two long-time Kootenay penpals keep a Christmas tradition alive

Catherine Crewe of Fernie, and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending the same card back and forth to each other since they were both five years old

Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Giant Santas come to Grand Forks neighbourhood

The Santas are massive and somewhat costly, but neighbours say they’re worth it

(Back row, L-R) Grand Forks’ Travis Tysick, wife Rena Bronstein, neighbours Karren Turner, Shirley and Ross Munro and Shane Zorn gather in front of a giant Santa on Valley Heights Drive Tuesday evening, Dec. 7. In the front row (L-R) are Cameron, Shannon and Blake Zorn and the Zorns’ dog, Marty. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pharmacy making Christmas wishes come true

Gifts go to Ayre Manor residents, Sooke Christmas Bureau and the women’s transition house

Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)

Malahat Skywalk gearing up for Christmas

Number of events planned over festive season

  • Dec 7, 2021
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)
Grace Sinats (centre) plays Eddie Scrooge, a 17-year-old with a bah-humbug attitude. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Claremont students bring modern version of Scrooge to Saanich

Humbug High, showing Dec. 9 to 11, features in-person and livestream options for audiences

Grace Sinats (centre) plays Eddie Scrooge, a 17-year-old with a bah-humbug attitude. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s library lines up family holiday activities

Scavenger hunt, story walk planned throughout the month

Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)