By Nikki Jamieson
Sunny South News
This Friday, Coaldale will be shining bright.
The 20th annual Night of Lights event is on Friday, Nov. 23, in Coaldale, and will offer everything from a Christmas Market, seasonal tasting, bonfires and, of course, a light-up parade.
“I just hope everybody can come out and kick off that Christmas season in Coaldale, and bring their Christmas spirit with them and just have a lot of fun that night,” said Cindy Hoffman, community services manager for the town.
With the 20th anniversary of the event going this year, the Town of Coaldale has taken over running the event from the Coaldale Chamber of Commerce.
Hoffman says the chamber has set the event up “very nicely” for them and they have been getting a ton of support from businesses and organization in the community in putting it on.
Some changes to the event include the fire pits being hosted by different groups with different activities for visitors to do.
For example, Canadian Blood Services will be hosting a fire pit that will feature a selfie station with a special guest, the Grinch.
Hoffman isn’t sure how they managed to convince the infamous Christmas–hater who once tried to steal Christmas to attend, but suspects he is still feeling the Christmas spirit from last year’s heist.
“He must have contacted Canadian Blood Services a while back, because they were excited that he was able to come out, and he’s actually, probably going to be on the fire truck in the parade as well, so kids can kind of see him driving by in the parade.”
Other bonfires will be hosted by TELUS, the Coaldale Scouts, Kate Andrews High School, KAHS Student Council, MADD and the Town of Coaldale.
Prairie Sky RV has recently announced that they will be open late during the festivities with bonfires, holiday music, free apple cider, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies and will have a huge light display.
The Granite Club will be hosting a roast beef dinner from 5-7 p.m. St. Joseph’s School will be bringing out carolers to entertain people during the evening’s festivities, and Disney princesses Belle and Cinderella will also be taking in the sights. The Coaldale Firefighters Association will be running a charity BBQ, with the money raised going towards Volunteer Firefighter Association charities.
The parade will be following its usual route, although they’re asking for floats to return back to the starting point to avoid congestion at the intersection by John Davidson School.
The town is also asking attendees to take a look at the different businesses’ displays and vote on their favourite decorated business and their favourite float.
The winners would be announced at the end of the evening, and Hoffman says there will also be a draw for a $50 gift card to the business of their choice in Coaldale.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving in Coaldale by float at the end of the parade, after which they will greet children and find out what they would like for Christmas at the intersection of 18 Street and 20 Avenue.
Businesses will be open late and offering special tastings or entertainment throughout the evening. A list of events was in last week’s edition of the Sunny South News.
“It’s just really exciting to see the businesses as well as some of the groups in town pulling together for such a great evening, just kind of kick off that Christmas season, and just to get that spirit going in Coaldale.”