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Give your Christmas tree back to the wild by leaving it outside: nature conservancy

The trees can be a great benefit to local wildlife

  • Dec 29, 2020

 

Santa joins a cheerful group of volunteers to serve free takeout Christmas dinner Thursday, Dec. 24 at the Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Community provides free Christmas meals

The annual Quesnel free Christmas Eve dinner was an outdoor take-out event due to COVID-19

  • Dec 25, 2020

 

Members of the Rotary Club of Quesnel serenade residents of Dunrovin Park Lodge Thursday, Dec. 17. Instead of holding its usual Thursday meeting Dec. 17, the Rotary Club of Quesnel chose to spread some Christmas outside Dunrovin Park Lodge. Club members also visited several private homes where they serenaded fellow Rotarians with a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and presented members with a Christmas gift basket. (Karen Powell Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel Rotarians spread Christmas cheer

The Rotary Club of Quesnel took its Thursday meeting to the streets on Dec. 17

  • Dec 25, 2020

 

Did you notice Billy Barker’s new attire? We love his festive look as he watches the world go by from atop the Billy Barker Casino and Hotel in downtown Quesnel. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Billy Barker’s festive new suit

Our famous gold miner is sporting a new Santa suit as he watches over downtown Quesnel

  • Dec 25, 2020
Did you notice Billy Barker’s new attire? We love his festive look as he watches the world go by from atop the Billy Barker Casino and Hotel in downtown Quesnel. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
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Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.

Do you remember Sparkle the Christmas Light?

Creator of popular 80s/90s light discusses item’s origin, wants to see it revived

Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.
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Where’s Santa? NORAD is tracking the jolly old man around the globe this Christmas

As with all things, the Santa tracker will look a little different this year

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The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Code Name: Big Red – B.C. soldier with NORAD helps Santa get around the globe safely

The annual NORAD Tracks Santa program features a soldier who grew up in Langley

The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)

VIDEO: Santa Claus cleared for arrival in Canada

The jolly old fellow is an essential worker

Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)
The Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce’s Deck the Big Rigs Tour of Lights drive-thru Christmas display drew a great number of participants and viewers Sunday, Dec. 20 at the West Fraser Timber Park. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

LETTER: Thank you to Quesnel Tour of Lights organizers and participants

Bert de Vink says the Deck the Big Rigs event lifted his spirits, made him proud to live in Quesnel

  • Dec 23, 2020
The Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce’s Deck the Big Rigs Tour of Lights drive-thru Christmas display drew a great number of participants and viewers Sunday, Dec. 20 at the West Fraser Timber Park. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)

Nothing stops Santa from bringing joy to sick children – even with pandemic protocols

Santa sent gifts to Victoria General, Surrey Memorial, Royal Columbian and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

  • Dec 22, 2020
Santa flying with BC EHS to visit hospitals around B.C. on Dec. 22, 2020. (BC EHS/Twitter)
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In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, a man dressed as Santa Claus who was flying on a powered parachute on his way to deliver candy canes to children is seen stuck on power lines in Rio Linda, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The man was rescued uninjured. The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a school in Rio Linda and then hit and became suspended in power lines, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told KCRA-TV. (California Highway Patrol via AP)

Man dressed as Santa rescued from power lines in California

Video from the rescue shows the aircraft dangling overhead as Santa sat fastened to the pilot seat

In this photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, a man dressed as Santa Claus who was flying on a powered parachute on his way to deliver candy canes to children is seen stuck on power lines in Rio Linda, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The man was rescued uninjured. The incident happened shortly after the man took off near a school in Rio Linda and then hit and became suspended in power lines, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told KCRA-TV. (California Highway Patrol via AP)
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Jupiter and Saturn align in our skies tonight, to form the Great Conjunction

Stargazers typically gather in groups at observatories or with backyard telescopes for such events

  • Dec 21, 2020
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Jaclyn Mountain says her mother, Cindy Mountain, seen in an undated handout photo, would be thrilled to see her Port Coquitlam, B.C., home decked out in Christmas lights for the first time in15 years. Cindy Mountain, of ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C., died of COVID-19 in April at age 59. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Mountain Family, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

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Jaclyn Mountain says her mother, Cindy Mountain, seen in an undated handout photo, would be thrilled to see her Port Coquitlam, B.C., home decked out in Christmas lights for the first time in15 years. Cindy Mountain, of ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C., died of COVID-19 in April at age 59. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-The Mountain Family, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
The Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce’s Deck the Big Rigs Tour of Lights drive-thru Christmas display drew a great number of participants and viewers Sunday, Dec. 20 at the West Fraser Timber Park. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

PHOTOS: Bright lights, bright spirits at Quesnel Tour of Lights

The Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce held a Deck the Big Rigs drive-thru Tour of Lights Dec. 20

The Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce’s Deck the Big Rigs Tour of Lights drive-thru Christmas display drew a great number of participants and viewers Sunday, Dec. 20 at the West Fraser Timber Park. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
After Alanna Wadhwani, seen here with son Nathan, was deluged with orders for her ‘dog poo’ 2020 Christmas ornament, she set up what she described as a factory in her West Maple Maple Ridge home (Special to The News)
After Alanna Wadhwani, seen here with son Nathan, was deluged with orders for her ‘dog poo’ 2020 Christmas ornament, she set up what she described as a factory in her West Maple Maple Ridge home (Special to The News)
New Westminster resident is looking to sell hand-made ornaments for the holiday season

B.C. woman creates unique baked bean holiday ornament

Buy local this holiday season - with a baked bean ornament

New Westminster resident is looking to sell hand-made ornaments for the holiday season
Betty Jackson said she was inspired by her father to create a big holiday display. (Submitted photo)

Holiday displays bring seasonal cheer to Quesnel

Betty Jackson’s display on Red Bluff Road one of many throughout the city

Betty Jackson said she was inspired by her father to create a big holiday display. (Submitted photo)
Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston

‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Anticipated demand for Christmas trees has sparked a rush by some to purchase more trees wholesale

Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston