• North Delta Holiday Lights: Nov. 30, 7:15 p.m.; outside the George Mackie Library; Join us as the Delta Firefighters light up North Delta with a Christmas tree and light display outside the George Mackie Library. This event will be the second year of a now-annual tradition of offering North Delta its own official Christmas tree, and it will only get bigger and better. Join us at 6:30 p.m. for snacks, hot chocolate, kids’ activities and holiday music, and at 7:15 p.m. the lights will be turned on. Help us by sponsoring a strand of lights for $200. All money raised will be donated to Deltassist for their Christmas programs, helping those in need during the holiday season. To donate, visit deltafirefighters.com/north-delta-holiday-lights.
• A Morning with Santa: Dec. 2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; Enjoy an event for the whole family, including breakfast, photos with Santa, crafts, photo booths and skating. All those attending must purchase a ticket at your local recreation centre. Tickets $10.50 per person.
• Trinity Lutheran Church Christmas Sale: Dec. 2, 12 p.m.; Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Rd.; Trinity Lutheran is is having its big Christmas sale on Saturday, Dec. 2. There will be lots of wonderful baking (Norwegian items also) and gift baskets, as well as a soup/sandwich lunch. Call the church office at 604-584-0111 for more information.
• Sounds of the Season: Dec. 2, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; South Delta Baptist Church, 1988 56th St., Tsawwassen; Over a hundred voices from the Delta community will be sharing their Sounds of the Season at these Christmas concerts. Delta Community Choir, Delta Chamber Choir, and the Delta Children’s Choir will perform an eclectic program that includes traditional Christmas songs, pop, jazz, gospel, a few medleys and even one sing-along. You are guaranteed to leave feeling the spirit of the season. Tickets are available online at deltachoral.ca, at LYFE Design Studio in Tsawwassen, or from any member of our choir family. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for seniors, and children under 12 get in free. Ample parking is available, and the church is wheelchair accessible.
• Christmas Pottery Sale: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, North Delta Recreation Centre; The North Delta Potters Guild is holding its annual Christmas Pottery Sale, featuring functional to funky works in clay by guild members for your shopping pleasure. Admission is free, come check out what these local artists have in store. For more information on the sale or the guild, visit northdeltapotters.ca.
• Chalmers Elementary Christmas Craft Fair: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Chalmers Elementary, 11315 75 Ave.; Our Christmas craft fair is fast approaching. Joins us in the Chalmers gymnasium where there will be a wonderful selection of vendors providing us with lots of shopping options. Admission is free; concession, raffle draws, and Santa photos available for purchase. Cash only. To book a table contact Sheila at email@example.com.
• Merry & Bright Christmas Concert: Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Crossroads United Church, 7655 120th St.; Come along with family and friends to The Maple Leaf Singers’ dynamic and upbeat Christmas show! Sing along with familiar carols and enjoy new favourites with an injection of holiday spirit. Tickets cost $20, doors open at 2 p.m. Light refreshments included.
• Christmas Storytime: Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Introduce children to the love of books and language with a festive Christmas Storytime. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Suitable for ages 2 to 5. Don’t forget to bring your camera as Storytime will be followed by a visit from Santa Claus.
• Teen Night: Pizza & Games: Dec. 5, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; George Mackie Library; Do you love to play board games? Are you between 12 and 19 years old? Then come to the library for a fun night of gaming and free pizza. Games and snacks provided by Imperial Hobbies.
• Ladner Christmas Concert: Dec. 5, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Ladner Community Centre, 4734 51st St.; Enjoy an evening filled with Christmas music favourites and sing-along with the Delta Concert Band, Delta Music Makers, and a local choir. Admission is free with donation to the food bank.
• Breakfast with Santa and Children’s Workshop: Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre; Come join us for a breakfast with Santa from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and a fun children’s workshop from 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets now on sale: adults $6, and children three to 12 years old $4. Call 604-594-2717.
• A Morning with Santa: Dec. 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; South Delta Recreation Centre; Enjoy an event for the whole family, including breakfast, photos with Santa, crafts, photo booths and skating. All those attending must purchase a ticket at your local recreation centre. Tickets $10.50 per person.
• Does Religion Promote Extremism?: Dec. 9, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Baitur Rahman Mosque, 9570 River Rd., Delta; The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Women’s Auxiliary is holding its annual interfaith symposium, with this year’s topic being “Does Religion Promote Extremism?” In this ladies-only event, prominent scholars from the Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh faiths will present their viewpoints on the topic. The conference will be moderated by Delta Coun. Jeannie Kanakos. An open dialogue and a question-and-answer session that aims to provide the tools and methods necessary to maintain peace in society will follow the presentations. Admission is free; daycare and refreshments are provided.
• North Delta Minor Hockey Bottle Drive: Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Come out and help support the North Delta Minor Hockey Association H3. Please drop your empty cans and bottles at the Sungod parking lot. Bottle drive goes ahead rain or shine (hopefully shine).
• Canada 150 Free Skate and City of Delta Celebration: Dec. 10, 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Delta has partnered with the North Delta Minor Hockey Association to host a free skating party. As part of the event, Delta will unveil an interpretive timeline of its history in two forms – a static display and a digital kiosk – designed to highlight significant milestones and successes in Delta’s history.
• Blue Christmas Worship: Dec. 10, 3 p.m.; Crossroads United Church, 7655 120th St.; Crossroads United Church welcomes all who are struggling, all who are grieving, all who feel just a bit out of step with the “ho-ho-ho” of this season for a service called Blue Christmas. It’s a quiet, meditative service, with carols, prayers and Scripture readings, and room for each person present to name their losses and light a candle in memory of a loved one. A brief time of fellowship with refreshments will follow the service. For more information visit crossroads-united-church.ca/event/blue-christmas-worship, or call 778-593-1043.
• Wake Up Santa: Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; George Mackie Library; Santa awakens from a long winter’s nap … oh no! Has he missed Christmas Eve? No, there’s still time. Come and find out what happens in this Christmas puppet show. Fun for the whole family.
• Delta Concert Band Christmas Concert: Dec. 12, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre; Join the Delta Concert Band for a Christmas concert. Everyone welcome, admission by donation at the door.
• Holiday Open Mic Night: Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre; Join us for our open mic, holiday edition. Singers, musicians, poets, actors and dancers are invited to take part in this variety show emceed by Patti McGregor. The general public is welcome to come. Admission is $5 for both performers and members of the audience. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free coffee and teas will be available. For more info call 604-581-6270 or 604-752-3072.
• Winter Wonderland Skates: See Delta’s ice arenas transformed into twinkling winter wonderlands! Join us at North Delta Recreation Centre or South Delta Recreation Centre for skating and holiday cheer with friends and family. Regular drop-in fees apply. Schedule: Dec. 23, 27-30 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 31 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Jan. 1 — 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Jan. 2-5 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Polar Bear Frozen New Year’s Day Swim: Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sungod Recreation Centre; Celebrate the new year with a splash and frozen challenges at your local pool. Family admission rates apply. All ages welcome. Also available at the Ladner Leisure Centre and Winskill Aquatic & Fitness Centre.
• 38th Annual Polar Bear Swim: Jan. 1, 1 p.m.; Boundary Bay Regional Park; Start your new year off with a polar bear plunge into the chilly waters of Boundary Bay. Plus, enjoy children’s activities and entertainment for the entire family. Registration opens at 12 p.m.
• New Year’s Day Skates: Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; North Delta Recreation Centre; Start the new year off right with a skate on New Year’s Day. Family admission rates apply. Also available at the Ladner Leisure Centre (1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and the South Delta Recreation Centre (1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
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