Each year, the annual holiday light display at Gibsons Marina grows and glows, creating a magical family experience. On Nov. 18 at 5 p.m., Marina owner Klaus Fuerniss throws the switch to illuminate the 35,000+ bulbs that will reflect a “Sea of Light” in Gibsons Harbour. Once again, the Coast’s tallest Christmas “tree” will provide a harbourside focal point and beacon for local photographers.
The Sea of Light display is an annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Food and Toy Drive. From the event’s launch on November 18 through to December 22, Marina visitors are invited to enjoy the display and drop off a donation of cash, non-perishable food items or a new, unwrapped toy at the Marina office to help cheer a family in need.
Spreading the light throughout the Gibsons Landing area, the Town has illuminated the street trees in the shopping area, merchants have decorated their windows for the season, and on November 18 many shops will be open late for those attending the Sea of Light launch who wish to prolong the joy by exploring this special shopping experience.
Klaus Fuerniss launched the Sea of Light celebration shortly after acquiring Gibsons Marina in 2015. “Christmas is my favourite season – I love the lights and the more, the merrier!” As with the Festival of Lights at his Wendy’s/Tim Horton’s restaurant in Upper Gibsons, proceeds from the sponsorship of the decorated trees lining the wharf plus donations collected in the “kettle” set up in the Marina office will all go to the Salvation Army’s Food and Toy Drive. “Every year, we want to help shed a light on the fact that many families in our community are in dire need. The Salvation Army really needs us to help if we can. So we hope as people come to enjoy our Sea of Light, they will also share the warmth of the season and help make a child’s Christmas happy by donating an unwrapped, new toy.”
Fuerniss notes that this year, a wharfside food truck will have hot snacks and beverages for sale, for the enjoyment of those visiting the Sea of Light display.