Horse and carriage tours of Goldstream Avenue are available this year as part of the City of langford’s Christmas events and activities. (Photo contributed by City of Langford)

Horse and carriage tours of Goldstream Avenue are available this year as part of the City of langford’s Christmas events and activities. (Photo contributed by City of Langford)

Langford serves up extra helping of Christmas cheer

Winter events include outdoor skating, ice carving and wreath making

The City of Langford is hosting a variety of family events and activities to make Christmas magical this year.

“We’re doing more and working with local businesses this year to lift people’s spirits like never before,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young. “You’re going to see Goldstream Avenue lit up like never before. Pack the kids in the car, reserve a carriage tour or take a stroll along our main street and enjoy what we’ve put together this year.”

Always a family favourite, there’s outdoor skating at City Centre at multiple times throughout the day until Jan. 3. There will also be ice carvers working their magic on site. Pre-registration is required.

Victoria Carriage Tours are hosting horse and carriage tours to enjoy the spectacular display of lights along Goldstream Avenue. Tours cost $45 and can seat up to six people. They leave Veterans Memorial Park for Langford City Hall approximately every 20 minutes and then return to the park. Reserve a tour at 250-857-0118. Cancellations are not possible due to the high demand, but reservations can be gifted. Carriages are fully sanitized between rides. Arriving early is politely discouraged, lineups will be physically distanced, and all health guidelines are in place.

READ ALSO: Light the City takes root in Greater Victoria as pandemic cancels holiday favourite parade, convoy

Bundle up, grab a coffee at the Mountain Market and take advantage of a great location to snap some holiday shots to share with family and friends at the Christmas Tree Village at Bear Mountain Ponds Plaza. The display features a sparkling array of festive trees, light installations, a vintage white Christmas truck, and a wall for holiday snapshots. You can share your images on Instagram at #iamlangford.

The Mistletoe Walk at Belmont Market is another festive location for holiday photos, and a great way to take a break from shopping or stretch your legs after a meal at one of the many fine restaurants.

Print off a copy of the Christmas Colouring Contest to keep the kids busy on days when the weather keeps them home. The pages are available at iamlangford.com/christmas.

Get in touch with your artistic side with free wreath making workshops from Nov. 28 to Dec.13.

Pre-registration is required and masks are mandatory. The workshops will be socially distanced and hand sanitization stations are on site. Register at iamlangford.com/christmas.

“We really appreciate the way the business community has stepped up to make Christmas extra special during these difficult times of COVID,” Young said. “Please remember to donate to the Goldstream Food Bank, Christmas Hamper Fund or favourite charity to help those in need.”

The list of Santa’s business helpers includes Keycorp Developing Communities, Seacliff Properties, Capital City Paving, Coastal Community, Southpoint, Slegg Building Materials, Belmont Residences, Peninsula Co-op, West Shore Developers Association, Pacific East Developments, Shoreline Orthodontics, WA Architects, Ecoasis, Belmont market, Bear Mountain Golf and Tennis Community, WES Environmental, McElhanney, and #MyBelmont.

READ ALSO: Sooke Santa Parade cancelled due to COVID-19

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Wreath-making workshops just one of the many activities and events available during the Christmas season in Langford. (Photo contributed by City of Langford)

Wreath-making workshops just one of the many activities and events available during the Christmas season in Langford. (Photo contributed by City of Langford)

Just Posted

Friends have identified the man killed in Friday’s shooting in Metchosin as Shane Wilson. (Shane Wilson/Facebook)
West Shore RCMP continue to investigate shooting death in Metchosin

Man killed on Sooke Road Friday night identified by friends

Ravi Jain, Why Not Theatre’s founding artistic director, will present a Zoom lecture as part of the University of Victoria’s Orion fine art series on March 8. (Photo: University of Victoria).
Award-winning directors highlight coming University of Victoria lecture series

The March 8 and 18 Zoom events are part of the Orion fine arts lecture series

Oaklands Elementary’s Division 5 Grade 4/5 class posed with Leila Bui (middle), her dad Tuan Bui (crouching to her left) and mom Kairry Nguyen (right) after presenting the family with a cheque for $710 raised by the students during a necklace sale in December 2020. (Photos courtesy Kairry Nguyen)
Victoria students raise funds for girl seriously injured when struck by vehicle in crosswalk

Oaklands Elementary class contributes to purchase of all-terrain wheelchair for Leila Bui

Saanich council recently adopted a 131-step climate action plan expected to cost $2.5-million in the first year of implementation. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tensions high as Saanich considers reigniting local area plan review

Majority vote pushes discussion to fall strategic plan check-in

Fire Chief Darren Hughes, right, pulls the old Firemans Park sign off ahead of the parks name change. The new sign for Firefighters Park is coming. (Oak Bay Fire Department Twitter)
Oak Bay changes the name of Fireman’s Park

New sign for Firefighter’s Park on the way

Const. Nancy Saggar, who has 11 years in policing, offers advice for other women who may pursue both policing and family. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pregnancy prompts sage advice from RCMP officer for women thinking about policing

West Shore constable with 11 years experience heads off on maternity leave

Rising accident rates and payout costs have contributed to billion-dollar deficits at ICBC. (Comox Valley Record)
B.C. appealing decision keeping ICBC injury cases in court

David Eby vows to ‘clip wings’ of personal injury lawyers

(BC SPCA)
Is it safe to give your dog some peanut butter? Not always, BC SPCA warns

Some commercial peanut butter ingredients can be harmful to dogs

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 cases: 545 Saturday, 532 Sunday, 385 Monday

Focus on Prince Rupert, Lower Mainland large workplaces

Anyone with information is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or submitting a tip online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.
21-year-old motorbike rider dies after crash with ATV on Nanaimo back road

Incident happened Sunday afternoon near Boomerang Lake

A special committee has been appointed to look at reforming B.C.’s police act and is inviting the public to make submissions until April 30, 2021. (Black Press media file)
Have thoughts on B.C.’s review of the provincial Police Act?

Submissions will be accepted until April 30

Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna. (Google Maps)
New COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna care home includes fully vaccinated seniors: Henry

Two staff and 10 residents tested positive at Cottonwoods Care Centre

Excerpts from a conversation between Bria Fisher and the fake truLOCAL job. Fisher had signed a job agreement and was prepared to start work for what she thought was truLOCAL before she learned it was a scam. (Contributed)
B.C. woman warning others after losing $3,000 in job scam

Bria Fisher was hired by what she thought was a Canadian company, only to be out thousands

Most Read