Tomorrow night in Ladner will feature a new Christmas tradition followed by one that’s been around for more than 40 years.
The Ladner Rotary Club is inviting the whole community to enjoy its inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting event in Memorial Park from 4 to 7 p.m.
After co-sponsoring the Ladner Rotary Splash Park with the City of Delta, which attracted thousands during the summer, Ladner Rotarians are hoping the play area in Memorial Park will attract many more for the festive season as club members will light it up with two 65-foot trees as well as decorate the adjacent gazebo area.
The lighting of the trees will be at 5:15 p.m. by Rotary Club of Ladner president Kerry-Lynne Findlay and Delta Mayor George Harvie. The event will also include a visit from Santa, who will pose for photos with kids at the adjacent Reach building. There will also be live music, craft tables, a Santa mailbox and refreshments.
Following that event the carol ships will sail into Ladner Harbour at 7:15 p.m. 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.
The carol ships return to the harbour on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.