Celebrate at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden’s most heart-warming event, Woodland Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 5941 Mason Rd. in Sechelt. Join Santa and all his volunteer elves for music by dj little d, refreshments, baking and preserves sale, a craft for children, plus stories and inspiration for using nature in your holiday décor.
If we’re all very nice, Santa Claus himself will attend, and especially the younger, and even the very shy children, can tell him their hopes for the Big Day.
The merriment begins with a walk through the garden’s newly laid plaza, and improved entrance to the pavilion. Enjoy a cup of tasty hot mulled apple cider and a sweet. Children can make a crafty Christmas table arrangement using natural boughs and twigs, something they will be proud to take home.
The forest fairies offer both their best old recipes and fancy fare at the bake sale, plus pet treats and preserves, including delicious medlar sauce made from the fruit of the garden’s own tree. Grandma June is the event’s treasured storyteller, making memories for children and bringing back the best of everyone’s childhood.
Return for another favourite garden tradition, the performance of Suncoast Phoenix Community Choir, Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Join Sara Douglas and the tuneful gang for some lively seasonal harmonies, a singalong, and plenty of laughter.
Bonus: Woodland Christmas is the first public event since closing the garden for construction of the new entry – you’ll love the openness and welcome. However, the annual Winter Lights evenings have to be postponed as the new garden paths are not quite finished. This family tradition will sparkle again in December 2020.
Admission for Woodland Christmas or Suncoast Phoenix Choir is by donation, $5 to $10 suggested for adults, $1 to $2 for children. See www.coastbotanicalgarden.org for updates and more information.
– Submitted by Paddy Wales