WINTERFEST on the North Coast, with a number of events for young and old alike that will help put you in the spirit of the season.
Friday features a number of activities to take part in, starting with the annual CBC Food Bank Day taking place at Java Dot Cup, it's part of the 31st annual event for the public broadcaster. You can drop in from 7:30 to 9:30 AM to take in the atmosphere, sample some of the Daybreak North broadcast for the day and make your contribution to the local food bank.
If you time things right, you might even catch a glimpse of the Jolly Red Elf himself ... George Baker and yes, even Santa will be there as well!
The Rupert Square is host for the Children's Tree Decorating contest from 9:30 to 3 PM, while the Museum of Northern BC will be hosting a free exhibition of the Get Rich Slow photography showing from 1 to 4.
Good Time Games invite you in for some after school Pokemon from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, with Friday Night Magic also on their agenda from 6:30 to 9:30 fees are required for those events, check the Good Times Games Facebook page for details.
As a warm up to the main event of the night, Cowpuccino's is hosting some Gingerbread Decorating fun around 5 PM
All of the early events of Friday are but the prelude to the Night time magic at McBride and 2nd Avenue West, as the Festival of Lights at the Prince Rupert Court House lights up the night from 6:30 to 8 PM.
Free refreshments will be served at the event, and there will be choirs and bands to provide for the festive soundtrack to the night.
Following the illumination of the Court House lawn, you can head for the shops of the downtown and Cow Bay areas to catch up on some of your Christmas Shopping.
Saturday as well features a number of activities to take if for the day, the full list of hich you can review here.
Among some of the highlight events for the day, Breakfast with Santa at the First United Church from 8 to 11 AM, the Santa Claus Parade at 11AM travelling along Third Avenue West from 1st Street to 8th Street.
The Winterfest Craft Fair takes place at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre from 10 AM to 5 PM
There's a free skate at the Civic Centre from 12:30 to 1:45, all for the donation for the Food Bank, while the swimmers can hit the water for Free at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre from 2 until 4.
The Night brings the 36th Annual Christmas Carol Boats, which will transit the Prince Rupert Harbour from 6:30 to 8 PM.
However, festival goers should note that this year there will be no waterfront events, as a bit of volunteer fatigue has set in around the city, leaving the Special Events organizers with few resources this year to put on the waterfront events.
That does offer up the opportunity however for you to learn more about how you can help out with the many festival events that they put on and offer up your assistance for those that are on the schedule for 2018.
Find out more about how you can become involved with their work here.
WINTERFEST will come to an end with the Fireworks display at 8 PM weather permitting, the flashes will take to the sky over the Prince Rupert harbour, allowing for a number of prime viewing spots from Mariner's Park to Rotary Park or along the boardwalk of the Atlin Terminal in Cow Bay.
For more items of interest on the Weekends' event see the Special Events Website or Facebook page
You can review some of our notes on the many Community events that take place on the North Coast from our archive page here.