Carol ships sail into Ladner Harbour next month

A Christmas tradition full of beautiful lights, decorated boats and songs of the season will be sure to warm the hearts of young and old.

The annual carol ships will sail into Ladner Harbour on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:15 p.m. both nights.

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The decorated boat parade and caroling takes place at the government dock at the foot of Elliott Street.

Marie Webber, who coordinates the caroling, said Ladner Gospel Assembly carolers have been singing at the event for more than 40 years.

Joining the carolers this year will be Alistair Milne and his family as featured performers singing some special Christmas music. Ray Webber will share a Christmas story and there will be candy canes, free calendars and hot chocolate for all.

Marie and her husband Ray have not missed this event in 42 years.

“I love to have the opportunity to share the birth of Jesus Christ with everyone,” said Marie. “I love to see the decorated boats, to sing the Christmas carols. It starts the Christmas season for me. There is such a joyful spirit down at the dock. Everyone is so happy and giving. It is just a wonderful time. It really is a tradition that is a part of this community and a part of Christmas traditions for so many Ladner families.”

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