The 2023 Ladner Carol Ships are floating towards you.
Beautiful lights, decorated boats and the songs of the season highlight one of Ladner’s favorite Christmas traditions.
The Ladner Carol Ships will sail into Ladner Harbor for two nights - Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
The decorated boat parade and caroling takes place at the government dock at the foot of Elliott Street.
Alistair Milne, who coordinates the caroling weekend, said many Christmas carolers have been singing at the event for more than 45 years. This year, the carolers will be Voice Club, on Friday night and the award-winning band KickDrive on Saturday night.
Milne will also have a special Christmas story to share. There will be candy canes and hot chocolate for all.
“This is when Christmas bursts out. It’s a warm, festive experience,” said Milne. “It’s so great to share the birth of Jesus. There is a lot of emphasis on Santa Claus and gifts and that’s fine, but it’s nice to bring the other part of the story too. It’s a wonderful family event. Everyone is immersed in the moment. It’s so unique. It’s something we all really look forward to every year.”