Edmonds Festival of Lights switches on Saturday
The Edmonds Festival of Lights will be brightening up that part of Burnaby on Saturday afternoon.
From 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 26, there will be caroling, bell-ringers and children's activities at the Edmonds Community Centre, home to the seniors centre, at Kingsway and Edmonds Street.
Santa will pay a visit at about 2:30 p.m. Speeches start at 4:30 p.m. followed by the lighting of a Christmas tree outside and free hot dogs and hot chocolate served by Burnaby firefighters.
"It's the start of the festive season for Christmas," said organizer and newly re-elected city councillor Paul McDonell.
In addition to the Christmas tree, Edmonds and Kingsway will be adorned with festive lighting until January, and the pedestrian overpass on Griffiths Avenue recently saw completion of a lighting project that will see the bottom of the bridge lit up in blue with white lights on top.
McDonell said after nine years, the Edmonds Santa Claus parade has been cancelled due to a lack of organizers and difficulty getting participants. It was also always at the mercy of the weather, which is another reason the Festival of Lights is being held indoors.
He hopes to eventually move the event to the new Edmonds Community Centre and Pool currently under construction, where he plans to have community organizations sponsor decorated trees.