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Quesnel’s Christmas calaendar chock-full of events

Lots to see and partake in this holiday season

There’s something for everyone as the Christmas season unfolds this year in Quesnel.

C-elder-bration of Christmas

The Quesnel Seniors’ Centre (461 Carson Ave) serves up a Christmas dinner on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal will feature turkey and ham, all catered by Craig’s Table. Entertainment will be provided by the Correlieu Jazz Band. Stop by the Seniors Center between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday to purchase tickets. Call 250-992-3991 for more information.

Happy Hoopla-days

South Quesnel Holiday Hoopla happens Dec. 9 (at Canadian Tire) and 10 (at Extra Foods) from 5-8p.m. each day, presented by the South Quesnel Business Improvement Association.

Participating SQ businesses are staying open late, holding contests, prizes and more. During the Canadian Tire event there will be a parking lot hockey tournament, video game truck, hot chocolate, Santa and Mrs. Claus, prizes, and more. During the Extra Foods event there will be a Spin It To Win It contest, pictures and visits with Santa and Mrs.Claus, plus more.

Calm, bright voices

Bethel Church (143 Coach Road North) is hosting a Christmas choral event on Dec. 10 – All Is Calm, All Is Bright. The voices rise for two performances, a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. evening show featuring the Q-City Singers and special guests. Tickets are $15 regular, $10 students / seniors. Tickets are available at Save-On-Foods and at the door while supplies last. For information call Mary at 250-316-0850 or bethelchurch@shaw.ca.

DuffleBag humbug

The Chuck Mobley Theatre at Correlieu Secondary School hosts a performance of A Christmas Carol presented by The Nearly World Famous DuffleBag Theatre Company. The Correlieu jazz band will provide Christmas music. It happens Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.

Market on the calendar

If you are looking for something unique for that special someone on your Christmas list, you won’t want to miss checking out the numerous vendors at the Quesnel Christmas Market, presented by the Quesnel Farmers’ Market at the Arts & Recreation Centre on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tour of lights

West Fraser Timber Park welcomes one and all for their Tour Of Lights on Dec. 10 from 5-8 p.m. This eye-widening event is drive-through only with admission by cash donation. For more information contact Kathy Somerville at the Quesnel Chamber of Commerce (250-992-7262 or qchamber@quesnelbc.com).

Sugar Plum Christmas Market

Gold Pan City Dance is hosting Christmas Markets at their studio (352 Anderson Drive) which will showcase over 30 local vendors. “Come on over to the West Village, grab a hot coco and take a little peek at the amazing products made by local creatives.” The doors to the public will open at 9 a.m. and close at 2. The Sugar Plum Christmas Market will take place on Dec. 12 and 19.

InSong Colours

Quesnel youth choir InSong will gather some friends on stage at two churches, this holiday time. The first show is at the Anglican church (465 Kinchant Street) on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and the second is at the Seventh Day Adventist church (1518 Maple Drive) on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Their seasonal concert is called The Colour Of Christmas With InSong & Friends. Tickets are by donation ($10 suggested). For information contact Bev Haluschak at 250-255-0867.

Lhatko Reception

The Lhatko Dene Hall (1943 Lust Road) is where the First Nation welcomes the public to a Christmas Craft Fair & Bazaar on Dec. 16 from 3-9 p.m., with “lots of fun and things to buy.” For more information contact Lhatko Dene Reception (250-747-2900 or reception@lhatko.ca).

Alexandria’s warm winter welcome

“Take a Sunday Drive to Alexandria and see the many local crafts located in the Alexandria Hall,” on Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Alexandria Winter Market. For more information contact Jan at 778-983-0383.

Jingle by the pool

Grab your swimsuit and bring the whole family to the Christmas Jingles Extravaganza on Dec. 23 from 1-3 p.m. at the Arts & Recreation Centre. Organizers urge you to “Build a snowman on the pool deck, win an ice block race in the pool, test your bravery in the ice bath challenge, decorate Christmas trees on the pool deck windows, bring the entire family.” Regular admission applies.

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