MS Peter Nemeth

Christmas festivities light up the Village

Sea of Lights parade Friday night; Carolling in the Village on Sunday

Spend this weekend in Cadboro Bay Village and you’re bound to feel the Christmas spirit, thanks to two holiday events.

The first happens Friday, as the Royal Victoria Yacht Club hosts its annual Sea of Lights parade in the waters off Greater Victoria.

Led by the HMCS Oriole, at least 30 boats decked out in colourful Christmas lights will head out from the yacht club around 7 p.m. and sail south past Cattle Point and Willows Beach, before veering north for a Gyro Park sail past at 7:45 p.m.

Hot chocolate and coffee will be available at Gyro Park, courtesy of local businesses and the 12th Garry Oak Sea Scouts.

On Sunday Cadboro Bay Road between Sinclair Road and Penrhyn Street shuts down for the annual Carolling in the Village event.

Join Louise Rose and the Open Door choir as they spread Christmas cheer through song. Lyric sheets will be available to help attendees sing along.

“It’s always buzzing. It’s a great place to be,” said Amanda Weinerman with the Cadboro Bay Business Improvement Association.

“It’s quaint and it’s a close-knit community.”

The event will also feature Christmas treats and drinks for sale from local vendors. A number of raffles will take place as well – from gift baskets to gift certificates and the always-popular turkey raffle.

The carolling event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit cadborobayvillage.com.

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