Celebrating the beauty and charm of an enchanted seaside village, the Gibsons Landing Business Group is hosting its second annual Shop Local Lights in the Landing holiday event this weekend (Dec. 14 and 15) from noon to 4 p.m. daily at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery (GPAG).
Encouraging residents and their extended families to shop, sip and eat while enjoying the festive season throughout December and into the new year in Gibsons Landing, business owners are anticipating a strong turnout as consumers embrace and support their local community.
“The idea began as a simple lighting initiative coordinated by the Landing Business Group to encourage merchants to light the trees and their storefronts during the dark days of December,” said Diana Robertson, from the Landing Business Group (LBG). “The Town of Gibsons has done a wonderful job with their lighting and decorating program, expanding it this year to light the trees along Gower Point Road to the post office. Even George Gibson is lit up and ready to celebrate the season.”
Along with the Lights in the Landing program, the carol ships will be out in the harbour this Friday night (Dec. 13), and Seaside Santa will arrive by boat at the Gibsons Harbour public dock on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. He will be met by a group of roving carollers and proceed through the village distributing treats.
Photos with Santa will be held between noon and 2 p.m. at GPAG with the Landing merchants and businesses hosting the second annual carol fest and Christmas market bazaar. Eight different Landing merchants including MORE, Peggy Sue’s, Blackberry Shop, Gypsy Cove, 1902 Tea Shop and The Gallery Shop will participate in the bazaar at the GPAG and live performers will entertain from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Shoppers will enjoy complimentary hot chocolate at the GPAG while Coast performers will sing and play seasonal and original songs including: Katherine Penfold, Anna Lumiere, Verna Chan, Paul Steenhuis, Dave Philley, Brett Wildeman, Erin Robertson, Ken Dalgleish, Jim Taylor, Chelsea Sleep and her Awesome Thursday Fiddlers and more! Ed Hill will also be on hand to sign copies and give a reading from his new book, Busted, at 3 p.m.
Admission is free, but donations to the Food Bank are appreciated. The Dec. 14 and 15 entertainment schedule will be posted on the LBG’s Facebook page: Loving Gibsons Landing.