Christmas traditions set for weekend in Ladner

It will feel a lot more festive in Ladner after this weekend's annual Christmas events.

The Ladner Business Association kicks off the holiday season Friday with the annual tree lighting at 7 p.m. at the corner of 48th Avenue and Delta Street.

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The tree lighting, which will feature entertainment by the Ladner Gospel Assembly choir, is followed by the children's parade.

Starting at about 7: 30 p.m., the parade provides a link between the tree lighting and the carol ships in Ladner Harbour. It gives local youngsters a chance to decorate their bikes, wagons and strollers to celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season.

Anyone wishing to be in the parade this year is asked to meet in front of PetsNUs on 48th Avenue at 7: 15 p.m.

The route takes the parade north along Delta Street to Chisholm Street and on to the government wharf where the carol ships will sail in at around 7: 45 p.m.

The procession will make its way along the river from Westham Island Bridge as it has for more than 40 years.

The carol ships and the choir will return for a repeat performance on Saturday. The choir will start its performance at 7 p.m. and the carol ships are expected at about 7: 30 p.m.

Delta Museum is also getting into the spirit of the season this weekend. The museum will be open from 6: 15 to 8: 30 p.m. on Friday for A Victorian Christmas, which will take visitors back to what the holiday season would have looked like for Delta's pioneer families.

Admission is by donation to the museum, or free with a donation for the food bank.

The holiday festivities will continue on Saturday with the LBA's annual Breakfast with Santa, which runs from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Ladner Community Centre.

Parents are asked to bring their own cameras this year to capture those moments with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Breakfast costs $3 for pancakes and $4 for pancakes with ham.

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