GVHA was part of some fun festive activities this year, including hosting the Marina Light Up at the Causeway, the Light Up at Ogden Point, and we also had a float for the first time in the Santa’s Light Parade.
Marina Light Up:
The boats in the Inner Harbour will be lit up with Christmas lights, decorations, and holiday cheer through December. GHVA hosted a ‘switch on’ event at Causeway on November 24, inviting the public to pick up a hot drink from our event tent before heading down to the docks to enjoy the displays. We saw hundreds of people of all ages walk through and we (mostly) stayed dry throughout the event. Almost all the vessels in the harbour put on a festive display—from Christmas lights drawn up masts to glowing reindeer, snowmen and Christmas trees. A few vessels played holiday music, and one boat added a fog machine for extra affect. Boaters are voting this month on their favourite displays, and GVHA’s events coordinator Tereza Ticha will be tallying the winners soon!
Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade:
For the first time, GVHA had a float in this year’s Santa’s Parade. Our maintenance crew designed and built the float, a group effort, says maintenance supervisor Tim North. The killer whale from our logo made a special appearance, pulling a sled on lit-up blue waves. Built in our maintenance shop at Ogden Point, the whale and its elf helpers walked in the parade on November 25. The crew had a blast driving through the crowds downtown, with Tim running behind the float handing out candy to the kids. The crew plan to participate in the parade again next year, adding more lights and decorations, and musical accompaniment.
Ogden Point Christmas Light Up:
The Island Equipment Owners Association’s Lighted Truck convoy left from a festive and lit-up terminal at Ogden Point on December 2 this year. Ogden Point events organizer Deanna Young worked with Western Stevedoring to put on a community event that people could enjoy before seeing off the trucks, including local vendors, a Christmas-themed photo booth, live music by Stephanie Greaves and Darcy Philips, hot drinks and popcorn, and an appearance from Santa, who arrived by tugboat.
“It’s great having community events like this at Ogden Point,” says Deanna. “I love watching the kids’ faces light up when Santa arrives. The event also raises funds for the James Bay Community Project, which supports hundreds of people in the community.”