The City of Pitt Meadows welcomes Christmas with a month-long celebration this year!
Instead of a single event, the city will host a variety of fun activities and events for the whole family to enjoy throughout December.
Events include: a holiday light tour and contest; a holiday art and artisan pop-up shop; a Christmas display at Spirit Square; virtual visits with Santa Claus; weekly online holiday crafts; and an ugly Christmas sweater slideshow.
“While our popular annual Christmas in Pitt Meadows event has been cancelled due to COVID, we have an exciting line up of family-friendly and safe events for our residents to enjoy throughout December,” said Mark Roberts, City of Pitt Meadows CAO.
All donations from Santa Claus Zoom calls and letters will go to the Friends In Need Food Bank, added Roberts, reminding residents that the CP Holiday Train has been cancelled this year, where a bulk of donations to the local charity typically come from over the holiday season.
“As a result, the City has found creative ways to support this vital community partner,” he said.
Mayor Bill Dingwall is excited about this years plans.
“Staff have organized some creative and fun activities to make this holiday season the brightest one yet,” he said.
The holiday light tour and contest, where homes across the city will light up their front lawns, run Nov. 30 to Jan. 3 – don’t forget to vote for your favourite light display! A map and voting information will be available online starting Nov. 30.
Pitt Meadows Art Gallery hosts the Holiday Art and Artisan Pop-Up Shop through Jan. 17, with unique handmade local treasures made by more than 40 local artists and artisans. It can also be viewed online at pittmeadows.ca/virtualgallery.
A Christmas display at Spirit Square invites families to enjoy festive decorations, lights, and the Spirit Square Christmas Tree. The free, family-oriented activity will allow for physical distancing, and will run throughout December.
Children can enjoy a five minute ZOOM call or receive a letter from Santa Claus. Registration is required. Fee is by donation to the Friends In Need Food Bank.
A new holiday craft will also be posted on the city’s website each week for children of all ages.
And don’t forget the ugly Christmas sweater! Send in a photo of your favourite to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be included in a virtual community slideshow shared Christmas Eve on social media.
Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre will also accept donations for the Friends In Need Food Bank from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17. Most-needed items include: canned foods; infant formula and baby foods; diapers; personal hygiene products; and bathroom tissue.
Visit pittmeadows.ca/christmas for more information.