Christmas

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau executive director Chris Bayliss was surrounded by toys Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 at the 37th annual Kruise for Kids toy drive and fundraiser held at the Langley Events Centre for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau brings the holidays to 700 families

Despite COVID-19 limitations, 2020’s campaign went smoothly

 

Julie Ashlee’s Grade 3 class at Edith McDermott Elementary shared a variety of holiday art, including one of her students, Dia. (Special to The News)

Glitter and colour command holiday art from Grade 3ers in Pitt Meadows

Children from Edith McDermott Elementary share a variety of Christmas-related drawings, paintings

  • Jan 5, 2021

 

I love Christmas because… kindergarten students from Whonnock Elementary share their thoughts. (Special to The News)

Kindergarteners in rural Maple Ridge say why they love Christmas

Youngest students from Whonnock Elementary share their holiday thoughts and art

  • Jan 4, 2021

 

Finn: My favourite Christmas memory is putting the star on top of the tree.

Kindergarten kids share favourite Christmas memories

A group of young students from Whonnock Elementary share their thoughts and art this holiday season

  • Jan 2, 2021
Finn: My favourite Christmas memory is putting the star on top of the tree.
Donors hang socks, gloves and other warming items on the sock tree. (Special to The News)

Whonnock’s sock tree still available for donations

Warm donations will be given to those in need in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Donors hang socks, gloves and other warming items on the sock tree. (Special to The News)
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Give your Christmas tree back to the wild by leaving it outside: nature conservancy

The trees can be a great benefit to local wildlife

  • Dec 29, 2020
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Gord Maxwell and Laurie Thain, who perform together as Maxwell and Thain, have released a Christmas song. (Dee Lippingwell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Enjoy a Christmas song by Maple Ridge teacher, performed by her dad

Though the song was written a few years ago, its reflective tone captures 2020

Gord Maxwell and Laurie Thain, who perform together as Maxwell and Thain, have released a Christmas song. (Dee Lippingwell/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry received her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22, in the Island Health region. (Adrian Dix/Twitter)

OUR VIEW: A vaccine, and brighter days

The vaccination program will begin to pay dividends in the new year

  • Dec 25, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry received her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22, in the Island Health region. (Adrian Dix/Twitter)
Ayva is one of the Grade 3 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School. (Special to The News)

LETTERS TO SANTA: From the mouths of babes

A Grade 3 class at St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Maple Ridge share letters to Ol’ St. Nick

  • Dec 25, 2020
Ayva is one of the Grade 3 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School. (Special to The News)
One kind gesture in a Starbuck drive-thru sparked another, and made one Maple Ridge woman’s bad day a little brighter. (Screengrab)

Kind gesture by Starbucks customer came at perfect time

A Maple Ridge woman is extremely grateful for and encourage by one person’s act of kindess

  • Dec 24, 2020
One kind gesture in a Starbuck drive-thru sparked another, and made one Maple Ridge woman’s bad day a little brighter. (Screengrab)
This house on 236 Street in Maple Ridge has over 15,000 LED lights that flash to popular upbeat Christmas songs you can tune in and listen to on your car radio. (Special to The News)

Christmas holiday lights tour

Go check out some of the light displays we covered in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

This house on 236 Street in Maple Ridge has over 15,000 LED lights that flash to popular upbeat Christmas songs you can tune in and listen to on your car radio. (Special to The News)
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Local people are signing onto an online campaign to have people stand out of doors at 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve and ring bells for two minutes. (Facebook post)

Listen for the bells at 6 p.m. around Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Multiple international efforts afoot to have people go outside at 6 p.m. local time and ring bells

  • Dec 24, 2020
Local people are signing onto an online campaign to have people stand out of doors at 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve and ring bells for two minutes. (Facebook post)
Maple Ridge’s Lynell Adams uses song often to spread cheer and merriment. Despite COVID, here’s a Christmas ditty she wrote and performed. (Screengrab)

LETTER: Rejoice for COVID will soon be over

A Maple Ridge woman uses song to lift spirits during the holidays

  • Dec 24, 2020
Maple Ridge’s Lynell Adams uses song often to spread cheer and merriment. Despite COVID, here’s a Christmas ditty she wrote and performed. (Screengrab)
Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.

Do you remember Sparkle the Christmas Light?

Creator of popular 80s/90s light discusses item’s origin, wants to see it revived

Sparke the Christmas Light’s mysterious backstory has been revealed after the creator Donald Shupe reached out to The News.
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Where’s Santa? NORAD is tracking the jolly old man around the globe this Christmas

As with all things, the Santa tracker will look a little different this year

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The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Code Name: Big Red – B.C. soldier with NORAD helps Santa get around the globe safely

The annual NORAD Tracks Santa program features a soldier who grew up in Langley

The Edmilao family, including Apollo and his younger brother, Francis, moved to Canada in the 1970s. (Edmilao family/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
The winner of the 2020 Pitt Meadows Holiday Lights Tour and Contest. (Special to The News)

Winner chosen for Pitt Meadows Holiday Lights Tour and Contest

More than 3,000 votes cast for festive properties

The winner of the 2020 Pitt Meadows Holiday Lights Tour and Contest. (Special to The News)
Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)

VIDEO: Santa Claus cleared for arrival in Canada

The jolly old fellow is an essential worker

Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam chats with Santa Claus on Zoom in December 2020. (Twitter)
People decorated their vehicles in a festive manner for the COVID-safe Christmas parade. (Roxanne Ferland - Facebook)

Maple Ridge women start local Christmas convoy

Up to 77 vehicles decorated with lights and ornaments drove through the city spreading cheer

People decorated their vehicles in a festive manner for the COVID-safe Christmas parade. (Roxanne Ferland - Facebook)