Aldergrove adds dancing to Christmas

Christmas Time’s a Comin’ is the theme for all the holiday fun in Aldergrove this Saturday and the day is devoted to fun.

“We’re all about celebrating as a community,” commented Aldergrove Agricultural and Festival Association president Karen Long. “And Christmas is just a perfect opportunity to come together.”

Family friendly fun

The day starts with the Aldergrove Elk’s 20th annual Community Children’s Christmas Celebration.

It takes place Dec. 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

And there’s lots to enjoy: entertainer Queen Elsa, Madam Butterfly with facial art, pictures with Santa, refreshments, the Disney movie Frozen and a free draw for a child’s bike.

It’s all at the OAP Hall, corner of 273rd Street and 30th Avenue (one block south of Fraser Highway).

The children’s Christmas party is free to attend and is a way to get the kids in the Christmas spirit just before the community’s big holiday event starts.

A bright idea

Motorists will want to find other routes on the evening of Dec. 13 as Fraser Highway will be cordoned off to allow for the community’s brightest event.

The 21st annual Christmas Light Up Parade goes east along Fraser Highway from 270th Street (near the Community Policing Office) to 273rd Street.

The start time is 6 p.m. and no matter the weather this event always attracts lots of entries and lots of spectators. People stake out their viewing spots well in advance.

The Christmas Parade is sponsored by the Aldergrove Agricultural and Festival Association and Langley Township.

The merchants of Aldergrove provide hot chocolate stations along the route to keep spectators toasty.

Spectators can help others by bringing non-perishable food donations which will be picked up along the route for the food bank.

Long noted that there is still time to sign up right up until the start (there’s registration information and forms at the Aldergrove Agricultural and Festival Association website, www.aldergrovefairdays.com). Organizers will slot in late entries but there’s a special spot that’s always reserved.

The parade starts at 6 p.m. and always concludes with a special couple dressed in red.

Party isn’t over

Stick around after the parade for more family activities.

The Aldergrove Business Association is hosting events from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Head over to the parking lot by the Extra Foods on 272nd Street.

That’s where people will find the Township Spirit Stage, as well as doughnuts, hot dogs, popcorn, and hot chocolate.

Arranged for that evening are dance and music performances, including headliner Her Brothers (www.herbrothers.com).

Those attending have a bit of homework to get ready for the after party, if they choose.

There will be a flashmob and people can learn the dance moves online by going to this link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxuMnM

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