Christmas comes early to White Rock! On Saturday, November 30 visit White Rock and enjoy the Christmas on the Peninsula Festival with its Christmas Parade, Christmas Market and entertainment. From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, all across uptown White Rock, the peninsula celebrates in the style of classical European Christmas tradition.
Events & Activities:
The Christmas Market
The market is designed in the style of a German Christmas Market or Charles Dickens’ Christmas Street and is a delightful way to shop for a variety of original and unique gifts and treats. Be sure to pick up a bag of roasted chestnuts and a cup of hot apple cider to enjoy while you shop and take a moment to appreciate the live music, carollers in traditional Victorian dress, snow sculptures, children’s entertainment and artisan demonstrations.
Grab a hot chocolate or a coffee and settle in as parade floats enact various aspects of the Christmas Story and memories of Christmas’ past. The parade starts at 4:00pm along Russell Avenue, Johnston Road and Thrift Avenue.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join Mayor Darryl Walker and the Stella Maris Concert Choir at 4:30 pm, as they light the official White Rock Christmas tree in Miramar Village Plaza. And be sure to stick around and enjoy the powerful sounds of the Regent Christian Academy Brass Ensemble.
Small groups of carollers will perform along Johnston Road and Miramar Plaza and in the evening, following the Parade and tree lighting ceremony, the festival concludes with a Christmas carol sing-along.
Town Centre Walk About
Take some time and wander around the Town Centre as there are all sorts of festivities taking place. The White Rock Community Church (15280 Pacific Avenue) is the place to be for mini-gingerbread house decorating. Drop into Tabletop Crepes & Games (1369 Johnston Road) or Greyhaven Games (1289a Johnston Road) to play Christmas board games. Relax to the sounds of Christmas Music at Islands Cafe (1237 Johnston Road). Have a tour and a taster of winter ales at White Rock Beach Beer Company (15181 Russell Avenue). Pop into the Coast Capital Playhouse (1532 Johnston Road) for tea and a tour. And be sure to check out the WorldServe Christmas Trees from around the world at WorldServe Thrift Shop (1524 Foster Street).
Check the schedule for more information about what’s happening when and where.